ERIC Number: ED330955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
The Effects of Music Videos on Adolescent Meaning Construction and Attitudes toward Physical Violence as a Method of Conflict Resolution.
Miller, Marilyn A.
This study addressed the problem of sexism and violence in music videos that present conflict resolutions in domestic violence situations. Research suggests a positive relationship between violence in the home coupled with violence on television and subsequent aggression in individuals. This study examined the effects of this conflict resolution mode on adolescent viewers and assessed the degree to which adolescent participants comprehend themes and messages in music videos. Adolescents (n=106) responded to a questionnaire on the portrayal of males and females in music videos. Subjects were shown three current rock videos. One video depicted an abused female responding aggressively, the second video showed an abused female acting in a prosocial way, the last depicted the abused female responding regressively. Results indicated that the participants who watched the most violent video were most aggressive in their responses. The violent video was most arousing. Males were more retaliatory than female participants, who appeared more fearful and apprehensive. Participants who watched the regressive video were more despondent. Subjects appeared to be video literate, and moods, cognition and attitudes were affected. (BHK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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