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Televison and Aggression

The effects of television violence on children have become more prevalent in our society today. Kids are turning around and killing kids over schoolyard fights or designer shoes. This essay will discuss and analyze television violence and children. More specifically, it deals with the relationship found between television violence and aggression found in young children. I chose this topic because I found it interesting to learn that many studies have found a connection between television viewing and the behavior of people, especially children.
Thefirst study found is called Television Violence and Children’s Aggression,” by Wendy Josephson. Josephson begins her study by commenting on other studies, which pertain to the idea of television violence leading to aggressiveness in children’s behavior. She notes that, in fact, there are still differing views over whether or not behavior is affected by the violence. Josephson aims to change these two areas and how they are affected by television violence. The overall purpose of her study is to research the effect this violence has on boys’ aggression. Special emphasis is placed on factors such as teacher-rated characteristic aggressiveness in the boys, timing of frustration (before or after watching the televised violence), and violence related cues.
The second study reviewed is by Leonard Eron. Titled “Interventions to Mitigate the Psychological Effects of Media Violence on Aggressive Behavior,” it begins with Eron's realization that although many studies were conducted which support the link between violence on television and aggressive behavior, very few studies have been conducted which attempt to negotiate between the two. Interventions between television violence and aggression could be useful because, then studies could be made on reducing the effects of violence on the viewer. Also, the results of such a study could be helpful in researching the cause and effect relatio…


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