Parasocial Interactions and Relationships in Early Adolescence

  title={Parasocial Interactions and Relationships in Early Adolescence},
  author={Tracy R Gleason and Sally A. Theran and Emily M. Newberg},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
Parasocial interactions and relationships, one-sided connections imagined with celebrities and media figures, are common in adolescence and might play a role in adolescent identity formation and autonomy development. We asked 151 early adolescents (Mage = 14.8 years) to identify a famous individual of whom they are fond; we examined the type of celebrities chosen and why they admired them, and the relationships imagined with these figures across the entire sample and by gender. Adolescents… 

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