Title

Negotiation of the Autonomy-Connectedness Dialectic in Adolescent Television Dramas: An Up-Close Look at Everwood, Seventh Heaven, and Veronica Mars

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-9-2013

Abstract

This study examines the relational maintenance strategies used to negotiate autonomy and connectedness in father-child relationships portrayed in adolescent television dramas. Episodes of 3 programs-Everwood, Seventh Heaven, and Veronica Mars-were coded for relational maintenance behaviors. Sharing information about activities, manipulating physical distance, and sharing emotions were among the most frequently occurring behaviors. Because television can have a socializing effect on viewers, studying the maintenance strategies used in popular adolescent television dramas can increase understanding of 1 element of adolescent viewer socialization. © 2013 Copyright Eastern Communication Association.

Publication Name

Communication Quarterly

Volume Number

61

First Page

284

Last Page

300

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1080/01463373.2013.776859

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