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ERIC Number: ED054622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 37
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Television Viewing by Young Secondary Students: A Study of the Television Viewing Behavior of Children at Form Two Level.
Powell, R. J.
Television viewing habits of 12 to 14 year olds in Australia were studied, and an attempt was made to correlate amount of viewing time and choice of programs with these children's intelligence and personality. Average viewing time per night was three hours and 40 minutes. A large variation was found in the time at which children ceased viewing. The study found no significant difference in amount of viewing done by high and low intelligence groups, although children of high intelligence spent more time watching the non-commercial channel and documentary programs. Those children who watched little television fell in two groups. The first group had IQs of 110-120 and had parents who restricted their viewing and had high educational expectations for their children. The second group had IQs above 120 and little parental restriction. High intensity viewers were generally less acceptable to their peer group than were low intensity viewers. On the whole, however, it was found that no significant correlations exist between viewing choices or amounts and personality scales. (JK)
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Authoring Institution: Australian Broadcasting Control Board, Melbourne.