One-parent Children's Identification with Television Characters and Parents

Kyoon K. Hur, University of Texas, Austin
Stanley J. Baran, Bryant University

Document Type Article

Published in Communication Quarterly, volume 27 issue 3, 1979. Bryant users may access this article here.


Because of the nature of their situation, children from single-parent families may he particularly susceptible to television's impact This study examines these children's reported identification with television characters, peers, and parents. Children with a parent of the opposite sex were more likely to identify with television characters. The presence of a commenting parent in the viewing situation seemed to ‘soften’ television's effect.