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Title:The Effects of Sibling Co-Viewing on Young Children's Learning of Television Content
Author(s):Haefner, Margaret Jane
Department / Program:Speech Communication
Discipline:Speech Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Mass Communications
Abstract:The study reported here examined 42 first and second grade children's interpretations and evaluations of two different television programs after viewing with older siblings or by themselves. It was hypothesized that those children who viewed a complex, adult oriented program with a sibling at least 3 years older would interpret and evaluate the program better than those children who viewed with a sibling less than 3 years older or those who viewed alone.
Results of data analysis indicated that first and second children are not influenced by their siblings to interpret programs in an adult-like manner, although their siblings may influence children's evaluations of program characters. Analyses of supplementary videotape data revealed that, though the sibling pairs conversed at length while viewing together, their TV-related and non-TV related talk was not beneficial in helping the younger children interpret the programs. However, viewing styles of the pairs as they viewed together, either companionable or unfriendly, was found to influence the younger children's interpretations of the programs.
Conclusions and implications for future research are presented.
Issue Date:1985
Description:189 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8600200
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-05-13
Date Deposited:1985

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