ERIC Number: EJ746408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Empathy for Adolescents' Role Model Selection and Learning of DVD Content
Calvert, Sandra L.; Strouse, Gabrielle A.; Murray, Katherine J.
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v27 n5 p444-455 Sep-Oct 2006
Male and female high school and college students viewed a DVD about a love story. Youth who more readily empathized with media characters were more likely to perceive same-sex characters as role models and were better able to understand the story content. The findings suggest that fantasy empathy, in which viewers become deeply involved in narratives, may hold a key regarding the influence of media characters and media presentations. That is, certain viewers may be particularly influenced by fictional media portrayals and learn and understand the content at a deeper level. In addition, the kinds of role models presented in these portrayals may provide a guide to similar problems that these viewers may encounter in real life. The findings have implications for the kinds of films and DVDs that producers make for audiences of different ages and experiential backgrounds.
Descriptors: Empathy, Adolescents, Role Models, High School Students, College Students, Films, Mass Media Effects, Selection, Fiction, Fantasy, Audiovisual Aids, Identification (Psychology), Gender Differences, Teaching Methods
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Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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