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Family Communication Patterns and Intention to Vote in 2020 Public Deposited

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  • The primary goal of this study is to look at the influence of family communication patterns on behavior and beliefs, specifically in the context of electoral behavior. In order to effectively influence potential voters and increase the likelihood that they intend to vote in federal elections in the long-term, we must increase our understanding of the reasons people choose to vote to begin with. To this end, this study uses the combined measures and theoretical perspectives of The Theory of Planned Behavior (TOPB) and Family Communication Patterns Theory (FCPT) in an effort to provide deeper insight into the possible connection between family communication and intention to perform the behavior of voting. 201 undergraduate and graduate students participated in an online survey composed of components of the FCPT measure and the TPB measure, along with several demographic questions. The study found that when the FCPT variables were mediated by the TPB variables that a correlation could be made. However, when they were not mediated by TPB, no significant correlation existed. Implications of the results and directions for future research are explored.
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