ERIC Number: EJ781130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 39
Parents' and Sons' Perspectives on Video Game Play: A Qualitative Study
Kutner, Lawrence A.; Olson, Cheryl K.; Warner, Dorothy E.; Hertzog, Sarah M.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v23 n1 p76-96 2008
Public policy efforts to restrict children's access to electronic games with violent or sexual content are often predicated on assumptions about parental concerns. As an initial step in determining whether those assumptions are accurate, the authors conduct focus groups of 21 adolescent boys and 21 of their parents or guardians to explore parents' concerns, compare parents' and children's perceptions, and see whether these are consistent with the focus of proposed legislation and other public policy efforts. Parents' primary concern is that games not interfere with their children's schoolwork, social skills, and exercise. They worry about exposure to violent content, but definitions of and opinions about what is harmful vary and may not match proposed public policies. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Video Games, Public Policy, Parent Attitudes, Violence, Sexuality, Early Adolescents, Males, Attitude Measures, Grade 6, Grade 8, Focus Groups, Popular Culture, Parent Child Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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