Young females' images of motherhood in relation to television viewing
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SourceJournal of Communication, 52, 4, (2002), pp. 955-971
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SW OZ BSI OGG
Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen
Methodenleer - t/m 2007
Journal of Communication
SubjectCultural Differences and Communication Problems; Developmental psychopathology; Cultuurverschillen en communicatieproblemen
This study explored the relationship between television viewing and young females' images of motherhood. The respondents were 166 Dutch adolescents (age 15–17) and young women (age 20–22) with various educational backgrounds. None were mothers. We examined the young females' self-image and ideal image of motherhood and explored the extent to which television viewing and viewing motives were related to these images. It was not the total amount of television exposure, but the exposure to certain sitcoms and soaps that appeared to be related to girls' and young women's images of their future motherhood. Sitcoms and soaps that portrayed mothers with a more traditional orientation were associated with young females' anticipation of a traditional motherhood image. Motives for television viewing, indicating a ritualized viewing style, were also related to a traditional view of motherhood.
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