Parasocial Interaction: A Review of the Literature and a Model for Future Research

  title={Parasocial Interaction: A Review of the Literature and a Model for Future Research},
  author={David C. Giles},
  journal={Media Psychology},
  pages={279 - 305}
  • D. Giles
  • Published 1 August 2002
  • Psychology
  • Media Psychology
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