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ERIC Number: ED239587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Parenting Behaviors in Prime-Time Television: A Content Analysis.
Dail, Paula W.; Way, Wendy L.
Forty-four family-oriented, prime time television program episodes (30 hours) aired in November and December 1982 were selected for content analysis from 12 commercial television series which met selection criteria for Neilsen Television rating, airing time, and theme. Family oriented programming was defined as any series with a primary theme that centered on family life with primary characters that included parent(s) and children under 18. Parental behaviors were coded that reflected performance of parental role, child rearing patterns, and children's responses to those roles and patterns. Results indicated that relatively large numbers of parenting behaviors were being illustrated in the programs viewed. Television fathers were somewhat more active as parents than were mothers, and both mothers and fathers were portrayed in traditional ways, even though many more non-traditional than traditional family structures were presented. Television children responded differently to performance of parental roles and to child rearing patterns according to the sex of the television parent. Based on findings, several recommendations were made for parent and family life education and further related research. A four-page reference list is provided. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A