ERIC Number: ED272866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug-6
Reference Count: 0
Correlates of Television Viewing: Perceptions of Crime.
Ogles, Robert M.; And Others
A questionnaire designed to measure respondents' weekly television viewing habits and their estimates of crime victimization was administered to 142 undergraduate students. Two measures of exposure to 94 prime-time television programs were compared on a program-by-program basis: (1) violent acts per hour in programs viewed weekly, and (2) amount of time spent viewing regularly. Likewise, two measures of crime estimates were compared: respondents' beliefs about the chances of crime victimization in the general population, and their beliefs about personal victimization. The results showed significant correlations between demographic estimates of crime victimization and both viewing measures when data were combined. Respondents who watched programs with moderate violence (compared to low or excessive violence) tended to report the highest estimations of personal crime victimization. One item dealing with estimates of rape appeared to be related to both general and personal dimensions of crime victimization. (A three-page list of references and tables of statistical and demographic data are included.) (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 and Mass Communication (69th, Norman, OK, August 3-6, 1986).