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Author: Hogan, Marjorie
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Year: 2005
Article Title: Adolescents and media violence: Six crucial issues for practitioners
Journal: Adolescent Medicine Clinics
Volume: 16
Edition: 2
Issue: 16
Pages: 249-268
ISBN/ISSN: 1547-3368
Source of Funding: Funding Source Not Stated in Paper
Study Design: Descriptive/Historical
Publication Type: Journal Article
Age Group: Adolescence (13-17 yrs)
Abstract: Objective: To identify important issues in the research on adolescents and media violence

Design: Literature review

Subjects and Setting: N/A

Intervention: N/A

Outcome Measure(s):

  1. How much media violence is there?
  2. How valid is the research?
  3. What effects do violent media images and messages have on adolescents?
  4. Are all teens equally susceptible to violence in the media?
  5. Can the effects of media violence be mitigated?
  6. What is the role of the primary care provider?

Results: Studies have shown that on television, attractive heroes and heroines frequently commit justifiable, sometimes humorous, violence that is a necessary solution to a conflict, shows very little pain or suffering, and has no negative consequences. Fear, desensitization, and increased aggressive thoughts and behaviors are among the effects of televised violence. Violence on television tends to most powerfully affect younger children, poorer children, children who have aggressive tendendencies or aggressive parents, and children who have been affected by real violence in their lives. When examining what televised violence is teaching children, it is important to consider the context of the violence -- how and why it was committed.

Conclusion: The authors suggest that the effects of media violence can be mitigated by parent education and involvement, media education, guidelines for the media industry and with help from the primary care physician. Center on Media and Child Health
Keywords: Accidents
Adolescent Attitudes
Aggression (Media Content)
Consequences (Media Content)
Crime (Media Content)
Domestic Violence
Families and Family Life
Homicide (Media Content)
Long Term Effects
Media Literacy
Parent Attitudes
Parents and Parenting
Physician's Role
Public Health
Short Term Effects
Suicide (Media Content)
V Chip
Violence (Media Content)



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