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Title: A Post-Hoc Analysis of the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal: Application of Psychological Theories of Attitude to Elucidate the Responses of the Public, Media, and Political Parties.

Abstract Various social psychological theories of attitude, persuasion and cognition are applied to provide post hoc explanations of the attitudes held by various participants such as the media, the public, and both political parties towards Clinton's alleged inappropriate/ illegal actions with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Specifically, the opinions of each group are monitored and analyzed according to Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance, the Elaboration-Likelihood Model, William Perry's theory of cognitive development, Don Byrne's theory of attitude and attraction, and Irving Janis's theory of the effects of fear arousal on attitude change. 
Author Rademacher, Sara Ann 
Advisor Sorem, Anthony 
Year 1999 
Rights Available by permission of the author. Reproduction or retransmission of this material in any form is prohibited without expressed written permission of the author. 
Genre Other 
Department Psychology