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Does Media Violence Cause Violent Crime?

NCJ Number
European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research Volume: 13 Issue: 3-4 Dated: 2007 Pages: 205-211
Sarah M. Coyne
Date Published
7 pages
To evaluate the claim from previous studies that a link exists between media violence and or violent crime, this paper reviews research involving crime statistics, offender populations, and longitudinal studies.
When integrated with other long-term studies on the development of crime, it is concluded that the link between media violence and crime is weak after other environmental factors are taken into consideration. Until how an individual uses violent media throughout their lifespan is examined, conclusions about the role of television in criminal behavior cannot be made. Over the past 60 years, hundreds of studies have shown that viewing violence in the media can influence aggressive behavior. However, the majority of these studies are laboratory based, telling little about how media violence influences real criminal behavior. The purpose of this paper is to review research in crime statistics, offender populations, and longitudinal studies to reevaluate the claim that such a link actually exists. References