The role of personal characteristics and romantic characteristics in parasocial relationships: A pilot study

Andrea McCourt, Jacki Fitzpatrick

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Abstract

This study examined how individual characteristics (e.g., loneliness and openness) and dimensions of involvement in actual romantic relationships (e.g., rewards, costs, and investments) were related to parasocial relationships. Parasocial relationships represent the degree of affinity and involvement in "interactions" with television characters. The respondents (n=45) completed a questionnaire packet to assess each of these factors. The results indicated that romantic, rather than individual characteristics were the best predictors of parasocial relationships. More specifically, individuals who had greater rewards, greater costs, and fewer investments in romantic relationships were more involved in parasocial interactions. These findings were interpreted in the context of spillover and compensatory processes, and highlighted the need for research that integrates media and close relationship studies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Mundane Behavior
Volume2
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2001

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