ERIC Number: ED054649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Children's Perceptions of Television Violence: A Replication.
Greenberg, Bradley S.; Gordon, Thomas F.
An earlier study (ED 048 772) sought to determine the perceptions of televised violence among pre-teen males from varying racial and socio-economic backgrounds. In this replication of the study teenage boys were used as subjects. The general method of the study was to show the boys a sequence of television vignettes, comprised of violent and nonviolent scenes. The subjects' responses to the scenes as well as their socio-economic and race were determined. The earlier study showed a racial factor in the amount of violence perceived, but this study showed no differences among the groups. The earlier study showed an income and race difference in the perceived acceptability of violence, while this study showed only a race difference. Both studies showed that lower socio-economic subjects, black subjects in particular, professed a greater liking for the violent scenes than did other groups. The previous study found an income difference based on the perceived reality of the violent scenes, while this study found both an income and a race difference. This study looked at one additional factor, humor. It was found that youngsters from more disadvantaged homes perceived significantly more humor in the violent scenes. (JY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Communication Arts.
Note: Violence in the Media Project