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The association between television-viewing behaviors and adolescent dating role attitudes and behaviors

Authors
Journal
Journal of Adolescence
0140-1971
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2007.06.001
Keywords
  • Dating
  • Adolescence
  • Television
  • Media
  • Gender Roles
  • Romantic Television Programming
Disciplines
  • Computer Science

Abstract

Abstract Two hundred and fifteen ninth grade students were surveyed to examine the relationship between television use and gender role attitudes and behavior in dating situations. Findings indicate the existence of a relationship between watching “romantic” television programming and having more traditional gender role attitudes in dating situations. However, watching non-romantic television dramas and thinking television was realistic, was related to having less traditional dating role attitudes. In addition, watching soap operas was related to a younger age of dating initiation and a greater number of dating partners. These results suggest that along with their own experiences in dating peers, adolescents may be learning from television programs that dating is a gendered process with prescribed roles for males and females, an attitude connected with greater sexual risk for young women.

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