ERIC Number: ED159245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of Television on the Inuit Population of Nain, Labrador.
Taylor, L. J.
The results of the first year of a five year study on the effects of television on the Inuit population indicate that traditional-modern and childrearing attitudes have remained constant over the year and that television had virtually no effect on these attitudes. The Inuit are concerned about the impact of television on the traditional life style of the community. In terms of childrearing practices, the Inuit families are characterized by permissiveness and encouragement of independence at young ages. Television presents substantially different childrearing practices. Researchers visiting Nain in 1975 before the advent of television, interviewed through interpreters sixty-six parents of children in kindergarten and grade one. The parents were administered a traditional-modern scale based on the work of Guthrie (1970) and a Parental Attitude Scale developed by Shoben (1949). All scales were administered again approximately one year later, after television was available. Questions were also asked on entertainment activities and viewing time. Overall, there were no major changes in childbearing attitudes, with parents scoring high on "dominating" and "ignoring" scales, and low on the "possessive" scale, both before and after the advent of television. (Author/MC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Research in Human Abilities, St. John's (Newfoundland).