Young Children's Perceptions of Television Reality: Determinants and Developmental Differences.

  title={Young Children's Perceptions of Television Reality: Determinants and Developmental Differences.},
  author={John Cardinal Wright and Aletha C. Huston and Alice Leary Reitz and Suwatchara Piemyat},
  journal={Developmental Psychology},
Five- and 7-year-old children judged factuality and social realism of favorite TV shows and test clips in pairs matched for content. In each pair one was news or documentary format, the other fictional drama. All children understood that fictional programs were not factual. Children correctly discriminated the purposes and intended audience of news from those of documentaries. Children discriminated factuality by genre of program, and genre of program by formal production features and by… 

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