Child Nurturing and Television in the 1980s

  • Bradley S. Greenberg
Part of the Child Nurturance book series (CHILDNUR, volume 4)


Television in the early 1980s is a focal point of parental concern. Surveys of adults reflect several principal concerns. For one, there is guilt which emanates from the belief that one’s children spend too much time watching television. There is anxiety that some kinds of content, notably violent and sex-oriented content, are likely to induce unacceptable behaviors or dispositions. There is uneasiness in dealing with children’s demands for advertised products without an accompanying expectation of fiscal responsibility from the child. Overarching these issues is the growing realization that the television phenomenon may be spiraling out of parental control. Direct access, without parental intervention, is easier to obtain, e.g., the home has more sets, there are more channels available, single parent households or two parents working make monitoring more difficult. All these concerns generate some very common questions from parents:

How much should my child watch? What’s good to watch? What’s bad to watch? Am I depriving my child by not permitting him/her to watch? How come they like to watch such dumb things?


Television Content Single Parent Household Cable System Electronic Text Black Parent 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bradley S. Greenberg
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  1. 1.Department of CommunicationMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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