Date of Award

5-2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Dr. Joseph Kayany

Second Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti

Third Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Wong

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

This study will discuss the social uses of television within the family, children and media, family conflict with a specific focus on the use of television. It will examine how important parental mediation is in monitoring children viewing habits. The study will look at three types of mediation which are instructive mediation, restrictive mediation and social co-viewing. Research would be conducted on twelve Malay parents, all of whom are from Malaysia. They will be asked to answer questions about watching television in their home. Data collection will include participants completing a daily diary (solicited diary) over a one week period on how they mediate their children's television viewing. Upon completion of the solicited diary, a one-on-one semi-structured interview will be conducted through webcam. Results indicated that religion plays an important role in parental mediation on Malay parents in Malaysia.

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