Magazine article Work & Family Life

Researchers Link Youth Violence and the Media

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Researchers Link Youth Violence and the Media

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More than 1,000 studies have been conducted over the past four decades on the impact of media violence. According to Jeffrey McIntyre of the American Psychological Association; social scientists see a link between watching violent acts on TV and in movies and acting aggressively in life. It's not a direct link, he says. It's more of a cumulative effect or a "risk factor."

As University of Michigan researcher L. Rowell Huesmann told a Senate hearing: "Not every child who watches a lot of violence or plays a lot of violent games will grow up to be violent. Other forces must converge, as they did in Colorado. But... every exposure to violence increases the chances that some day a child will behave more violently than he otherwise would."

Researchers see media violence as a pervasive-but not necessarily the most potent-influence on children. They noted other risk factors, such as the likelihood that kids who watch a lot of violent TV shows are often the ones least supervised by responsible adults. …

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