Chapter 6. Media and the Family

  1. Dr Sandra L. Calvert doctorate Chair Professor Director fellow2 and
  2. Barbara J. Wilson Head research consultant3
  1. Alison Alexander PhD Professor Senior Associate Dean President Fellow

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302752.ch6

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

How to Cite

Alexander, A. (2008) Media and the Family, 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.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Georgetown University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Author Information

  1. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405144179

Online ISBN: 9781444302752



  • media portrayals;
  • theoretical approaches - family and media;
  • social cognitive theory;
  • cultivation theory, family systems theory;
  • sociocultural perspectives;
  • future directions;
  • children's media experiences - family influence


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Changing Nature of the Family

  • How Families Use the Media

  • Media Portrayals of Families and Family Life

  • Theoretical Approaches for Studying the Family and Media

  • The Media's Influence on Families

  • Family Influence on Children's Media Experiences

  • Future Directions

  • Conclusion

  • References