ERIC Number: ED291529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Television and Families: What Do Young Children Watch With Their Parents?
St. Peters, Michelle; And Others
This study investigated several questions concerning the amount of viewing and types of programs children and parents watch alone and together. Patterns of children's viewing with and without parents were examined, as well as how parent-child coviewing affects individual family members' viewing. Children 3 to 5 and 5 to 7 years old, and their families, were studied over a two-year period. Each family kept a diary of television viewing. It was found that: (1) parents and children coviewed adult programs three times more than children's programs; (2) the majority of children's viewing of adult programs was with parents; (3) coviewing with parents decreased with age; and (4) parents' viewing choices were the major predictor of what parents and children watched together. A 50-item reference list and statistical tables are included. (PCB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Southwestern Society for Research in Human Development (New Orleans, LA, March 17-19, 1988).