Development of parasocial interaction relationships

  title={Development of parasocial interaction relationships},
  author={Rebecca B. Rubin and Michael P. McHugh},
  journal={Journal of Broadcasting \& Electronic Media},
  • R. RubinM. McHugh
  • Published 1 June 1987
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
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