Parasocial Relationship, and Break-Up

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The term parasocial relationship generally refers to a one-sided relationship that a media consumer forms with a media figure. The termination of this relationship is called a parasocial breakup. This entry includes a definition of this construct and an outline of its research history. It also covers the common measurement of this construct and the various theories used to account for it, an outline of the similarities and differences between parasocial relationships and other similar concepts, and the similarity of parasocial relationships and breakups with real-life interpersonal relationships. The entry also expands on the various antecedents and consequences of parasocial relationships and on their changing nature following advancements in new media.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Media Effects
EditorsP. Roessler
StatePublished - 2017


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