Children’s Parasocial Breakups With Media Characters From the Perspective of the Parent

  title={Children’s Parasocial Breakups With Media Characters From the Perspective of the Parent},
  author={Naomi Ruth Aguiar and Melissa N. Richards and Bradley J. Bond and Marisa M. Putnam and Sandra L. Calvert},
  journal={Imagination, Cognition and Personality},
  pages={193 - 220}
Children’s parasocial relationships (PSRs) with media characters end through a process called PSR breakups. An online parent report measure was used to describe preschool and school-aged children’s breakups with media characters, as well as the attributes of past and current favorite characters. According to parents (N = 138), 51% of children experienced PSR breakups. PSRs lasted about two years before a breakup occurred. Past and current favorite characters were animated, human-like, and… 
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