ERIC Number: ED175392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Two Seasons of Family Role Interactions on Commercial Television. Report No. 8.
Buerkel-Rothfuss, Nancy; And Others
A content analysis conducted in two successive years of family role structures and family role interaction patterns of U.S. television families constituted a role-by-role behavior description of family verbal interaction, classified within directional categories of going toward, going against, or going away. All family-role interactions, whether they were present in series which regularly featured family units or in shows which contained only casual, non-central, or irregularly-appearing family relationships, were identified in the first year. As opposed to the 96 shows studied in the first year, only 28 of those shows which featured regular central families were included in the second year. Results indicated that although from one-third to one-half of the shows studied across the two seasons had some type of family unit in them, the vast majority of fictional television characters had no relatives on the shows. The nuclear family predominated at 40 percent but did not form a large majority of television families. In both years, widows and widowers far outnumbered divorcees in single parent families. Other data were reported on such content variables as sex, initiation and reception of role interactions, and age. (CMV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Communication.
Note: Best copy available; For related document, see IR 007 617