ERIC Number: ED114313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Children's Responses to Constructive and Aggressive Reactions to Threat Situations in Television Drama.
Collins, W. Andrew; Kasper-Gecy, Suzanne
Research into children's responses to constructive and aggressive behavior in a television drama is provided. This study is also reported in related document SO 008 573. A 22-minute action-adventure television program depicting an intense interpersonal conflict was edited into two versions. In one version the hero responded with physical aggression and in the other with constructive nonviolent efforts. Fourth, seventh, and tenth graders viewed one of these versions or a wildlife documentary. They were then given an opportunity to either "help" or "hurt" a peer who was completing a task. At all three grade levels, children who had seen models of constructive coping showed greater frequency and duration of prosocial responding than subjects in other conditions. The results indicate that viewing modeled constructive responses to provocation enhances general prosocial responding and inhibits aggressive behavior. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Child Development, Child Psychology, Childhood Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Programing (Broadcast), Social Behavior, Social Influences, Social Psychology, Television, Television Research, Television Viewing, Violence
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. of Child Development .
Note: For related documents, see SO 008 573 and SO 008 669