ERIC Number: ED054632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
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Reactions of Children to Violence on TV.
A study was devised to investigate the possible impact of fictional television violence on children with reference to short and long term effects. Thirty-four children ranging in age from five to six were selected from a sample of children who had seen a series of violent television programs and were divided into two groups according to high and low exposure to the series. The children were shown an additional segment of the program with their mothers either before or after the administration of a series of measures to evaluate comprehension, attitudes, and aggression. The mothers were administered questionnaires and attitude scales to provide information about children's viewing of television and the attitudes of the mother toward television viewing. Results indicated that there were no short term effects of aggression; however, a larger proportion of high-exposed children than low-exposed children displayed more aggressive behavior irrespective of whether they had seen the additional segment on the testing occasion. Subsequent analyses suggest that the manner in which television viewing is handled by the family could be regarded as an intervening variable; therefore, the difference in aggression between low and high exposure groups should not be attributed directly to the television programs. (SH)
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Authoring Institution: Swedish Broadcasting Corp., Stockholm.