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Mass Media and Youth Aggression (From Reason to Hope: A Psychosocial Perspective on Violence & Youth, P 219-250, 1994, Leonard D Eron, Jacquelyn H Gentry, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-158633)

NCJ Number
E Donnerstein; R G Slaby; L D Eron
Date Published
32 pages
The involvement of the mass media, particularly television, in the development, maintenance, and facilitation of aggression and violence among children and adolescents is assessed.
The focus is on ways of mitigating the mass media's influences by examining and suggesting effective intervention strategies and policy recommendations. Consideration is paid to television viewing habits and televised violence, and research on the relationship between exposure to mass media violence and aggressive behavior is reported. The special case of sexual violence on television, especially against women, is examined. Theoretical models to account for the effects of violence in the mass media on aggressive attitudes and behaviors are described, and interventions to reduce or prevent violence among youth are noted. Policy implications and recommendations to curtail the exposure of young people to violence on television are offered. 106 references and 1 figure