ERIC Number: ED177412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Mitigating the Impact of Televised Violence Through Concurrent Adult Commentary.
Horton, Robert W.; Santogrossi, David A.
The effects of 80 second- through fifth-grade boys and girls of three types of adult commentary (anti-aggressive, nonaggressive, neutral), presented during a violent TV show, were examined and compared to a nonviolent control film group. Subjects' latency in seeking responsible adult assistance when witnessing "real" aggression among other children was measured. In addition, a paper and pencil response hierarchy measure was employed to assess subjects' solutions to hypothetical conflict situations. Results indicated that antiaggressive and nonaggressive commentary subjects were faster in the summoning of help than were neutral commentary subjects. Neutral commentary children were significantly slower than control film subjects in summoning the experimenter. For the response hierarchy measure, the experimental groups did not differ significantly. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Help Seeking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)