The Influence of the Cinema on Children and Adolescents: An Annotated International Bibliography

The Influence of the Cinema on Children and Adolescents: An Annotated International Bibliography

The Influence of the Cinema on Children and Adolescents: An Annotated International Bibliography

The Influence of the Cinema on Children and Adolescents: An Annotated International Bibliography

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Those who want to know what has been discovered about the influence of the cinema on children and adolescents will find an answer here. It has been given by some four hundred writers, from nearly thirty different countries, whose work is represented in the following pages.

The purpose of this bibliography is to list and to annotate the most important books and articles published throughout the world during the past three decades dealing with the influence of the cinema on young people. The task has not been an easy one: the field of subject-matter is wide and has been approached from various points of view ‐ physiology, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, criminology, education - and the results have been published in many languages and places. Indeed, almost the only completely unassailable conclusion that may be drawn from a study of these pages is that great and growing importance is attached to the problem of film and youth. There is widespread agreement that something should be done.

What should be done is quite another matter. Few authoritative judgements could be made simply on the evidence of the bibliographical data collected here - at least without reference to the full texts of the books and articles themselves. Even then, the considered opinions and apparently substantiated conclusions of one writer seem, all too often, to cancel out those of another. As one author puts it, if one thing is known with certainty about children and the cinema, it is that very little is known with certainty about children and the cinema - beyond the obvious fact that they have a persistent liking for it.

Yet, when this note of caution has been sounded, there are nevertheless some broad trends which can be discerned in the present bibliography and which should not be overlooked. At various points in this world debate on the cinema's influence it is possible, without taking a show of . . .

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