ERIC Number: ED030074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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The Role of Television in the Life of the Aged Person.
Schalinske, Theo Fred
This study sought to relate the dynamic patterns of older adults to their use of television within the whole range of activity patterns available to them. Central to the study was an intensive interview study of a select sample (32 women and 18 men in a Columbus, Ohio, senior citizen community); this precluded derivative generalizations for the aged as a class. These were among the findings and conclusions: (1) television's attractiveness for the sample was related to their role of dependence, social and physical isolation, and routinism, although their value systems provided conflict within the endorsement of television and their depreciation of its depiction of life; (2) television was a preferred activity, and programs and activities scheduled opposite favorite television programs had little chance of success; (3) patterns of use varied widely, with indiscriminate use being associated with passivity and dependency and discriminate use being associated with a "keep active" role and an attitude of independence; (4) older adults' use of television may be in spite of programs designed primarily for younger persons; (5) educational television stations have a potential for satisfying the interests and needs of aged persons. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Behavior Patterns, Commercial Television, Doctoral Dissertations, Females, Individual Characteristics, Males, Older Adults, Television Research, Television Viewing, Values
University Microfilms, 300 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 68-12,873, Microfilm $3.00; Xerography $5.60)
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.