The Effects of Two Control Strategies on Children’s Emotional Reactions to a Frightening Movie Scene

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Abstract

This experiment assesses the impact of two control strategies on children’s reactions to a frightening movie scene. Children from two grade levels (K–1 vs. 3–5) watched the program under one of three conditions: cover eyes, turn off TV, no strategy. The cover eyes strategy decreased emotional reactions and threatening interpretations among younger children, whereas the strategy increased such responses in older children. Unexpectedly, the turn off TV strategy had no effect on either age group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-418
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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