ERIC Number: ED204766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Determinants of Parental Guidance of Children's Television Viewing for a Special Subgroup: Mass Media Scholars.
Bybee, Carl; And Others
An examination of the level and nature of guidance that parents exercised with their children regarding television viewing was undertaken by means of a survey of 200 mass media scholars. In addition to providing information concerning their beliefs about the effects of television, characteristics of their scholarship, and basic demographic information, the scholars rated the frequency with which they used various parental guidance methods: (1) restrictive guidance--setting limits on the amount of time and type of programs that could be watched; (2) evaluative guidance--discussions with the child about the values portrayed on television; and (3) unfocused guidance--general discussions about television and coviewing. Findings indicated that the scholars saw television effects as simultaneously good and bad. No significant relationships were found between a child's sex or number of television sets and the three guidance methods, however, evaluative guidance was least often used by the scholars, no matter what their teaching, research, or publishing orientation. The findings suggest that these scholars were no different from the general population in their use of restrictive guidance. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981). Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document.