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ERIC Number: ED172291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Content Analysis: Television.
Williams, Tannis MacBeth; And Others
Content analyses of the depiction of aggression and images of reality on Canadian television were performed on 109 program tapes of top-rated Toronto programs. Content was coded in terms of global messages communicated, character portrayals, context and setting of the program, amount and nature of conflict portrayed, and detailed information on incidents of aggression. Aggression was defined as any behavior that could inflict either physical or psychological harm, and included explicit and implicit threats, nonverbal behaviors, and verbal abuse. Results were as follows: there were 18.5 acts of aggression per program hour; situation comedies led in nonphysical aggression, which, portrayed as funny, excessively distorted patterns of human interaction; aggression was incidental to plot; physical consequences of aggression were seldom shown; aggression, violence, and certain methods of conflict resolution were portrayed almost exclusively and milder forms of conflict and more constructive methods of resolution were rarely seen; characters were most often male, white collar, socially isolated, white, English-speaking North Americans; and police officers were commonly depicted engaging in violent behavior. In comparison to United States findings, Canadian programing was less aggressive in general but slightly higher in verbal/psychological aggression. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 1-5, 1979)