The purpose of this study was to see if there was a relationship between a students’ family backgrounds and their perceptions of family television. Characteristics looked at in terms of family background included parental type, sibling makeup, household income, area of living, parenting style, closeness, and values. Family television was looked at in terms of viewing habits, family interaction based on those viewing habits, relation to characters, and similarities between TV families and the participant’s family. A survey methodology was used to measure all of the above items along with basic demographics. The study revealed that the closeness of a family was influential to watching family television programs and discussing them as well as the connection and relationship viewers had with the characters in certain family television programs. Overall the study gives insight to relationships and comparisons of family background and family television that have yet to be researched.


Johnson, Michelle


Communication Studies




Family Communication, Family Background, Family Television

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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