The researchers looked at the values that were prominent, American Idol and Hannah Montana, tweens favorite shows in 2007, and compared those with values found in TV shows in previous decades.
In 1967, The Lucy Show and Andy Griffith, emphasized community and benevolence.
In 1977, the most popular tween shows were Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, which also stressed the importance of community. In 1987, the shows Alf and Growing Pains stressed acceptance.
In 1997, the focus was back on community with Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Boy Meets World.
But in 2007, those community and acceptance were far down the values list. With American Idol and Hannah Montana the emphasis was on fame, achievement and popularity, the researchers say.
I'm not sure you can sum up tween values by looking only at the TV shows. I'd have to say in my household, money ranks pretty high up the scale. But it's a fascinating study and gives us something to think about.
Do you think the shows reflect your tween's values?