Chapter 14. Parasocial and Online Social Relationships

  1. Dr Sandra L. Calvert doctorate Chair Professor Director fellow2 and
  2. Barbara J. Wilson Head research consultant3
  1. Cynthia Hoffner PhD Associate Professor

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302752.ch14

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

How to Cite

Hoffner, C. (2008) Parasocial and Online Social Relationships, in The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development (eds S. L. Calvert and B. J. Wilson), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302752.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Georgetown University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Communication, Georgia State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405144179

Online ISBN: 9781444302752

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Keywords:

  • parasocial relationships;
  • online social relationships;
  • identity development;
  • exploring personal identity;
  • ethnic identity;
  • self-concept;
  • identities online – on home pages

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Types of Relationships

  • Development of Parasocial and Online Social Relationships

  • Identity Development through Parasocial and Online Social Interactions

  • Future Research Directions

  • Conclusion

  • References