Investigating the Relationships Among Child's Age, Parasocial Interactions, and the Social Realism of Favorite Television Characters

  title={Investigating the Relationships Among Child's Age, Parasocial Interactions, and the Social Realism of Favorite Television Characters},
  author={Sarah F. Rosaen and Jayson L. Dibble},
  journal={Communication Research Reports},
  pages={145 - 154}
This study examined the relationships among children's age, parasocial interaction, and the social realism of children's self-reported favorite television characters. Children (N = 183) aged 5–12 were surveyed to determine their favorite television character and the strength of the parasocial interaction with that character. Television characters were independently coded for social realism. Results revealed that older children tended to report favorite characters that were more socially… 

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