ERIC Number: ED246455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Parent-Adolescent Similarity of News Media Use and Political Information as Predictors of Political Discussion.
Kennamer, J. David
Interviews were conducted with adolescents (age 10-18) and with one parent of each to determine whether differences between parents and their adolescent children on political information and news media use had any impact at all on the amount of discussion about politics that goes on between them. The period during which the data were collected was one of intense and increasing political activity during the first half of the 1980 presidential primary session. Accordingly, the questionnaire included many items concerning the respondents' knowledge about political candidates, political parties and issues, their feelings about and preferences for various candidates, and their positions on political issues. In almost all instances, both parent and adolescent were asked the same questions, enabling comparisons of parent and adolescent. Results show that parent-adolescent political discussion does seem to relate to individual parent and adolescent levels of political information and public affairs mass media use. Although it was predicted that similarity in amount of political information and store of images from the mass media, and simple similarity in habits, would affect the amount of discussion between the two, the results seem to indicate that such factors may be at best secondary to other aspects of family dynamics. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Media Use
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).