Cover: Research and the Constructive Aspects of Television in Children's Lives: A Forecast.

Research and the Constructive Aspects of Television in Children's Lives: A Forecast.

Published 1976

by George A. Comstock

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback12 pages $20.00

One influence of the Surgeon General's study of television violence is increased recognition of the many effects of television that merit study. Recently prosocial effects of television have become of predominant interest among social scientists. These effects include: sharing, helping, sympathy, cooperation, aesthetic appreciation and increasing cognitive and perceptual capabilities. This trend toward research in prosocial effects is contingent on resolving the issues of: (1) justifying manipulation of the audience, and (2) theoretical conflicts that need to be analyzed in a systematic way. To be effective, the research will have to take into account broadcasting realities. The results of the studies must have high credibility. The gains from increasing television's positive influence on children are great enough to justify such research despite the many problems just outlined. For the immediate future pioneering in this direction will continue. Whether or not the television viewed by children will ever be different as a result is not certain. 12 pp. Bibliog.

This report is part of the RAND paper series. The paper was a product of RAND from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.