ERIC Number: ED063540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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The Effect of Realistic Versus Imaginary Aggressive Models on Children's Interpersonal Play.
Stone, Robert D.; Hapkiewicz, Walter G.
It was the purpose of this study to assess the effects of films on children, using a measure of interpersonal aggression. It was anticipated that modeling effects would depend simultaneously upon the degree of realism of the model's performance (on a reality-fantasy dimension) and the similarity between the observer's task and the model's behavior. Therefore, aggressive behavior depicted by a human model in a real-life setting might be predicted to have greater effects than cartoon sequences in which both the models and stimulus conditions are imaginary. The subjects were 180 lower elementary school children enrolled in two suburban middle-class schools. Since previous research had indicated that children were somewhat inhibited when they did not know each other, they were generally assigned to pairs within classrooms. The results of this investigation support the prediction that modeling effects depend upon both the degree of realism of the model's performance and the similarity between the observer's task and the model's behavior. (Author/BW)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.