ERIC Number: ED328923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-6
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Changes in Images of Adolescents on Television: Sibling Interaction on Family Sitcoms in the 50's and the 80's.
Larson, Mary Strom
A study examined the interactions of siblings in television families in three popular sitcoms of the 1950s--"Father Knows Best,""Leave it To Beaver," and "Ozzie and Harriet." Nine episodes of each sitcom were videotaped, and the behaviors were coded using a system developed to code sibling behavior in 1980s sitcoms. Comparison of sibling behavior in the 1950s and the 1980s indicated: (1) the frequency of positive behaviors between fifties siblings was significantly greater than the frequency of positive behaviors between eighties siblings; however, (2) fifties siblings were limited in the functions they performed for each other; and (3) fifties siblings appeared to interact less with their siblings than eighties siblings did. (Three tables of data are included; 23 references are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Situation Comedies; Television History
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Detroit, MI, April 5-8, 1990).