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ERIC Number: ED184182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Television Viewing in a Health Institution.
Rubin, Alan M.; Rubin, Rebecca B.
A survey of 128 hospital patients produced the following findings about hospital-home television viewing differences. Viewing motivations differed between home and hospital contexts. Patients indicated that television was used in the hospital more often to pass the time, but less frequently for information, entertainment, and relaxation, than in the home. Program preferences at home and in the hospital also differed. Patients preferred more comedies, news programs, and movies, but fewer variety, drama, and sports programs, when confined in the hospital. The amount of television viewing was significantly greater in the hospital than at home for those who rented the hospital's television service. A greater proportion of younger viewers than older viewers rented the hospital's television service. Younger patients differed from older patients in their home viewing behaviors/motivations, but not in their hospital viewing motivations or preferences. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979).