Adolescent Religiosity and Selective Exposure to Television

Relying on the Adolescent Media Practice Model and selective exposure theory, this study investigated whether religious adolescents watch less mature television entertainment programs than their less religious peers. Program maturity was measured using V-chip ratings, with higher maturity scores ind...

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Published in:Journal of media and religion
Main Author: Bobkowski, Piotr S.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group [2009]
In:Journal of media and religion
Year: 2009, Volume: 8, Issue: 1, Pages: 55-70
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:Relying on the Adolescent Media Practice Model and selective exposure theory, this study investigated whether religious adolescents watch less mature television entertainment programs than their less religious peers. Program maturity was measured using V-chip ratings, with higher maturity scores indicating content that included more sexuality, violence, and/or adult and sexual language. The responses from 1,335 16- to 18-year-olds who completed Wave 2 of the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) survey were analyzed. Findings indicate that religiosity contributes to explaining the variance in television maturity means, with more religious adolescents indicating a preference for less mature television entertainment. Gender, race, income, and parents' monitoring of teens' media were also found to influence television maturity. Teens' attitudes toward premarital sex appeared to mediate the effect of religiosity on their television entertainment choices.
ISSN:1534-8415
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of media and religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/15348420802670942