ERIC Number: ED193696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Controlling Children's Television Viewing: Predictors of Family Television Rules and Their Relationship to Family Communication Patterns.
Fry, Donald L.; McCain, Thomas A.
A telephone survey of 337 parents was conducted to determine (1) the television viewing rules parents have for regulating their children's use of television, (2) the media use and social indicators that account for variance in family television viewing rules, and (3) the relationship between family communication patterns and family television rules. Among the findings were that parents were not only concerned with restricting or permitting the consumption of certain types of television program content by their children, but were also concerned with how their children interpreted television content; that the use of television was not exclusively content related, but also functioned as a form of regulation of behavior; that parents tended to be less restrictive for older children than for younger children; that the educational level of the parent was only a significant predictor of social control rules; that the greater the number of viewing rules a parent had, the more restrictive that parent was in regulating a child's viewing behavior; and that the more rules a parent had for television viewing, the more likely that parent was to have content discussion rules. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 9-13, 1980).