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ERIC Number: ED296718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
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Parents as Mediators of the Child's Television Environment.
Singer, Dorothy G.; Singer, Jerome L.
Educational Media International, n4 p7-11 1984
Two studies investigated the role that parental attitudes and behavior play in filtering the complexity of the world into manageable forms for children. Cognitive and behavioral patterns used as dependent variables were cognition (reading scores, language use, general information, beliefs, reality-fantasy discrimination); imagination; comprehension of television content; waiting ability; physical aggression; and school behavioral adjustment. Home influences used as independent variables included family characteristics (parents' values, attitudes toward child-rearing and discipline, mediation styles, belief-systems, family structure, and daily lifestyle); and the television environment (average weekly viewing by parent and child, type of programming, emphasis on television, television mediation, and rules). Data were gathered by questionnaires, interviews, and home recording devices. The first study involved predictions of behavior across several years from the independent variables. The second study was a shorter term prediction based on more extensive data collected from the children on their parents' behavior. Results showed that the family patterns relevant to the question of cognitive and behavior skills included parents who: value imagination and resourcefulness or responsibility and stability; do not emphasize power-assertive discipline; actively mediate the outside world through explanation and discussion; and watch less television themselves. (9 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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