ERIC Number: ED238220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Viewing and Enjoyment of Prime Time Commercial Television among Deaf and Hearing Students.
Austin, Bruce A.; Myers, John W,
Questionnaires on television viewing were administered to 128 hearing students and 178 hearing impaired students in a technical college. In addition to the questionnaire which examined demographic information as well as viewing preferences and attitudes, all Ss were asked to report their average daily viewing time. Programs were categorized into comedy, drama, crime-drama, news magazine, and miscellaneous. Results revealed that hearing impaired Ss reported a significantly greater amount (nearly 1 hour more daily) of daily television viewing than hearing Ss. Hearing impaired Ss showed significantly more affinity toward television and were more likely to perceive TV as depicting reality than were hearing Ss. Further, hearing impaired Ss reported significantly greater frequency of viewing and greater enjoyment of captioned programs than programs without closed captions. Significant differences in viewing frequency were found for four of the five program categories and in level of enjoyment for two categories. Results suggested that although deaf Ss may watch more television than hearing Ss, they do not necessarily enjoy it more. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).