ERIC Number: ED302325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
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A Consideration of the Undesirable and Antisocial Effects of 'Victim' Toys.
This report surveys nine different toys with "victim" characteristics which are designed for children of 4-5 years and older. The toys were on display in toy shops, department stores, and supermarkets. The toys included doll-like figures with disfigurations, mutilations, mental and physical disabilities, heads which fly off, and eyes which can be pulled out of the head. Undesirable or antisocial psychological effects on children exposed to these toys include effects on: (1) parent, child, and child and adult relationships; (2) children's play behavior; (3) formation of attitudes towards the disabled. Children who are likely to be most vulnerable to the effects of victim toys include children: (1) of 2-5 years; (2) with limited exposure to prosocial influences; (3) who are exposed to violence and antisocial behaviors in the home environment; and (4) who deal with frustration and aggression by physical intimidation of other children. (RJC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Paper submitted to the Committee of Inquiry into 'Victim' Toys, Federal Bureau of Consumer Affairs.