Daytime television talk shows and the cultivation effect among U.S. and international students

  • Woo H
  • Dominick J
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Abstract

Compared the effects of exposure to daytime television talk shows on attitudes and perceptions of interpersonal relationships in the US among international and US students. 320 US and international students attending a university in the US completed questionnaires concerning perceptions of interpersonal relationships and the frequency of certain inappropriate behaviors in the US. Results show that program-specific measures and viewing dominance measures were more predictive of the cultivation affect than was subjects (Ss') total television viewing time. Some relationship was observed between exposure to a specific type of program and specific views of social reality. Nationality exerted some effects. The program-specific measure produced the most significant weights overall, but the viewing dominance measure was more predictive among international Ss than US Ss. International Ss consistently held more negative attitudes and perceptions about interpersonal relationships in the US than did US Ss, regardless of their television viewing habits. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Hyung Jin Woo

  • Joseph R. Dominick

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