Person Perception and Children's Impressions of Television and Real Peers

Austin S. Babrow, Barbara J. O'keefe, David L. Swanson, Renee A. Meyers, Mary A. Murphy

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Much television programming depicts people engaged in social interaction. Children's understandings of television, therefore, may be guided by their abilities to make sense of character depictions. By examining the developmental characteristics of impressions, this study suggests that the same construal process shapes children's understandings of both television and real peers. The study also indicates that impressions of both television and real peers are based on a common set of perceptual dimensions. Moreover, children's impressions are shown to be a function both of characteristics of the target and of the common underlying construal system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-698
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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