Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

6-1983

Publication Source

Journal of Family Issues

Volume

4

Issue

2

Start Page

293

Last Page

308

DOI

10.1177/019251383004002003

Abstract

This is an examination of two kinds of conversations that parents and children sometimes have about television programs: first, conversations in which parents and children seek and/or exchange information about some aspect of reality portrayed or referred to on television; second, conversations in which family members discuss the appropriateness or inappropriateness of behavior shown or mentioned on television as a model for their own or other people's conduct. Examples taken from an observational study of families watching television in their homes are used to illustrate some of the forms these conversations can take, and, on the basis of these illustrations and of some previous research, speculations are offered about the role such conversations might play in family members' developing relationships to one another and to the “outside” world.

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© 1983 Sage Publications, Inc.

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Date Posted: 01 December 2016