ERIC Number: ED281661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Siblings' Strategies for Resolving Conflict over Television Program Choice.
Haefner, Margaret J.; Wartella, Ellen A.
The purpose of this study was to identify conflict resolution strategies used by siblings when they chose television programs to watch and to examine differences in strategies associated with sex of child, the age interval between siblings, and their ordinal position. Children, 116 pairs of siblings in first through sixth grade, were interviewed about their program conflict resolution strategies and those of their siblings. The pairs were about equally distributed across the four possible relationship structures (male male, male female, female male, and female female) and about equally distributed between small and large age intervals. Ten categories of strategies emerged from analyses of the data. Among those reporting no conflict, several reasons emerged which indicated varying levels of persuasive power being used by siblings. Results indicated several differences in strategies were associated with the genders of both siblings and age intervals between them. Results are discussed in terms of the egocentric and non-egocentric strategies adopted by children of various ages. The discussion focuses on the implications of such conflict resolving strategies for the sibling co-viewing context and the general nature of sibling relationships. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).