ERIC Number: ED238044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Development of Public Affairs Media Use.
Tims, Albert R., Jr.
To examine the relationship between parent and child news media use within specific age groups and to evaluate the stability of this use over time, 501 parent child pairs were interviewed by telephone in the winter and again in the fall of 1980 on their political views, social values, and media use. Findings on exposure to five types of media--newspapers, magazines, network television news, late evening local news, and television news specials--showed that (1) newspaper exposure increased substantially between the ages of 10 and 17, with consistency of exposure growing to a level roughly on par with that of adults by age 13 and with intergenerational exposure rates greatest during adolescence; (2) exposure to either magazine articles or network television news did not generally increase with age, exposure stability did not increase systematically, and intergenerational similarity was neither particularly large nor age related; (3) the frequency and stability of exposure to local late evening television news and intergenerational stability in this type of viewing all increased with age; and (4) the frequency of exposure to television news specials did not increase in a consistent or substantial rate although systematic increases in stability and intergenerational similarity were evident. (Seven tables on media exposure rate are appended.) (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Media Use
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).