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ERIC Number: ED147905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 132
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Viewer Aggression, Self-Esteem and Television Character Preference as Variables Influencing Social Normative Judgments of Television Violence.
Johnson, Mark Carl
This study examined factors that affect individual judgments of violent behavior portrayed on television. Study subjects included twenty "average" adolescents (control group) and twenty adolescents with a history of in-school social adjustment problems (experimental, or "adjustment," group). All the sujects were evaluated for self-esteem, aggression, normative judgments of televised violence, and their self-reports of television-character preference, program preference, and behavior comparisons. Results were as follows: Total aggression (internal and overt) correlates positively with the approval of televised violence. Knowing subject's sex could help in predicting approval of televised violence, but differences based on sex were not numerous. Adolescents, in general, approve of televised violence as a successful, appropriate problem solver. Self-esteem is not a predictor for the approval of televised violence. Past aggressive behavior by adolescents is a strong indicator of approval of televised violence. The study concludes that the impact of television is far more complicated than was previously supposed. (Author/RL)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Massachusetts