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ERIC Number: EJ1092085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1053-1890
Media Managing Mood: A Look at the Possible Effects of Violent Media on Affect
Merritt, Alexandra; LaQuea, Rachel; Cromwell, Rachel; Ferguson, Christopher J.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v45 n2 p241-258 Apr 2016
Background: The potential impact of violent media on children's emotional well-being has been a source of controversy for several decades. To date evidence for a negative impact of violent media on emotional well-being has been mixed and increasingly connected to a "replication crisis" throughout psychological science. Objective: The current study examines concurrent and prospective relationships between violent media use and symptoms of depression and anxiety in a sample of 536 mostly Hispanic youth (309 males, age range 10-14). Methods: Youth and parents were surveyed regarding social environment, media use and mental health. 302 youth responded to a 1-year follow-up. Results: Results indicated that neither violent television use nor violent video game use predicted anxiety or depression concurrently or depression prospectively with this sample. Conclusions: The impact of media violence use on child mood symptoms appears to be minimal. Further research may wish to focus on particular at-risk groups.
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Language: English
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