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ERIC Number: ED159675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Uses and Gratifications and Exposure to Public Television: A Discrepancy Approach.
Palmgreen, Philip; Rayburn, J. D., II
Using a discrepancy model, this study contrasted the gratifications sought from television in general with the gratifications that respondents perceived they obtained, or would obtain, from public television (PTV). Information was gathered through telephone interviews of a random sample of heads of households, both viewers and nonviewers of public television, in Lexington, Kentucky. Data were gathered on the respondent's educational and income level, the number of children living at home, the number of televisions in the household, and what members of the household made the viewing decisions. Results indicate that the model predicted successfully the level of exposure to PTV content among respondents who made their own decisions concerning what programs to watch, but that the level of exposure was unrelated to the discrepancy measure among those who let others make the viewing decision. When each of eleven gratification items was considered separately, the model discriminated between viewers and nonviewers of PTV on eight of the items. The results also indicate the importance of social determinants regarding the viewing decision and perceptions of PTV content as predictors of PTV consumption. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Response
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)