The impact of electronic media violence: scientific theory and research

  • Huesmann L
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Since the early 1960s, research evidence has been accumulating that suggests that exposure to violence in television, movies, video games, cell phones, and on the Internet increases the risk of violent behavior on the viewer's part, just as growing up in an environment filled with real violence increases the risk of them behaving violently. In the current review this research evidence is critically assessed and the psychological theory that explains why exposure to violence has detrimental effects for both the short and long-term is elaborated. Finally the size of the "media violence effect" is compared with some other well-known threats to society to estimate how important a threat it should be considered.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior/psychology
  • Adult
  • Aggression/psychology
  • Arousal
  • Causality
  • Child
  • Child Behavior/psychology
  • Communications Media
  • Desensitization, Psychologic
  • Electronics
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychological Theory
  • Research/methods
  • Risk Factors
  • Violence/psychology

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  • L R Huesmann

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