Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Arts


Valerie K. Greenberg


Michael L. Mercer


This study discusses the issue of whether the influence of Disney films affects the girls who watch these films once they become adult women. Disney "princess" films are animated movies produced by Disney, featuring princess characters such as Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine and Pocahontas. The purpose of this study is to discover how watching Disney princess films as a child affects the decisions adult women aged 20-37 make when it comes to their love lives. A survey, completed by 40 females aged 20-37, was conducted and relating literature was explored for data collection. The surveys were analyzed and transcribed. This data found women are influenced, whether consciously or unconsciously, by what they saw in Disney princess films while choosing mates, setting standards and establishing expectations for their lovers. These results will contribute to the current research on the influence of Disney on children, assist parents in deciding whether Disney princess films are a suitable choice to show their children, and will give adult women some insight as to why they think the way they do about love and companions.