Horror Films: Current Research on Audience Preferences and Reactions

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helpful. It should be recognized, however, that children are exposed to many programs and films without their parents' knowledge. The pervasiveness of multiple television sets in the home as well as the saturation of cable television, increases the opportunities for children to be exposed to a wide variety of horrific images. In addition, there is much anecdotal evidence of the prevalence of peer pressure as the force behind children's exposure to films they would otherwise avoid.

Because even the most cautious parents are likely to find themselves confronted with a child whose fright was caused by horror films, parental involvement will also be necessary to help children cope with whatever fright reactions do occur. Studies have shown that a variety of strategies can be effective in reducing media-induced fright, and that different strategies are appropriate for children of different ages ( Cantor & Wilson, 1988).


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