About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Violent Media Cited As Risk Factor For Aggression in Adolescents

by VR Sreeraman on November 23, 2008 at 9:40 AM
Font : A-A+

 Violent Media Cited As Risk Factor For Aggression in Adolescents

Researchers from Rutgers University, Newark have provided fresh evidence that violent media does impact adolescent behaviour.

Lead researcher Paul Boxer has revealed that even when other factors are considered, such as academic skills, encounters with community violence, or emotional problems, 'childhood and adolescent violent media preferences contributed significantly to the prediction of violence and general aggression.'

Advertisement

Exposure to media violence still remains a 'critical risk factor' for aggression in adolescents.

Boxer said that although a relationship between media violence and violent behaviour has been acknowledged for some 40 years, much of the research was usually done in a laboratory setting rather than in the field, with very little emphasis on documenting links between media violence and actual engagement in serious violent and antisocial behaviour.
Advertisement

As violence is a 'multiply determined behaviour,' the research team collected data on several risk factors for aggression, to examine whether violent media exposure has an impact on behaviour even when those other influences are present.

"Even in conjunction with other factors, our research shows that media violence does enhance violent behaviour," said Boxer.

"On average, adolescents who were not exposed to violent media are not as prone to violent behaviour," he added.

For the study, the research team interviewed 820 adolescents from the state of Michigan - 430 high school students from rural, suburban and urban communities, and 390 juvenile delinquents held in county and state facilities.

The parents, guardians, teachers and staff also were interviewed about the behaviours they had observed in their children or students.

After collecting the data, researchers analysed findings by integrating "violent media exposure scores" into cumulative risk totals.

They found that "even for those lowest in other risk factors, a preference for violent media was predictive of violent behaviour and general aggression."

The research will be published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Source: ANI
SRM
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
Toothache
World AIDS Day 2021 - End Inequalities, End AIDS
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Teenage 

Recommended Reading
No Gender Difference in Aggressive Behavior Patterns
A new study published in the journal, Child Development., has revealed that both boys and girls are ...
Children, Star Wars and the Issue of Personal Development
School kids may soon be learning techniques for personal development - the Jedi way - all thanks to ...
Societies With Strict Rules Encourage Boozing and Unruly Behavior
Countries having strict social rules and behavioural etiquettes may actually heighten drinking ......
Is There a Link Between Violent Video Games and Aggression in Kids?
It is widely believed that violent video games lead to increased aggression among kids....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use