The Role of Media Violence in Violent Behavior
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Institute for Social Research (ISR)
Laramie D. Taylor
University of California, Davis
Annual Review of Public Health, Vol. 27, April 2006
Media violence poses a threat to public health inasmuch as it leads to an increase in real-world violence and aggression. Research shows that fictional television and film violence contribute to both a short-term and a long-term increase in aggression and violence in young viewers. Television news violence also contributes to increased violence, principally in the form of imitative suicides and acts of aggression. Video games are clearly capable of producing an increase in aggression and violence in the short term, although no long-term longitudinal studies capable of demonstrating long-term effects have been conducted. The relationship between media violence and real-world violence and aggression is moderated by the nature of the media content and characteristics of and social influences on the individual exposed to that content. Still, the average overall size of the effect is large enough to place it in the category of known threats to public health.
Keywords: aggression, assault, TV, video games, imitation
Date posted: January 11, 2008