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Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence

Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence
A Critical Look at the Research

Second Edition

August 2011 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This revised text provides updates that reflect new findings in the field of media violence research during childhood and adolescence. Throughout the book, special attention is paid to evaluating the role of developmental processes and to stressing the importance of methodology in understanding media violence research. Findings have been divided into two main areas: aggressive behavior and aggression-related constructs (e.g., emotions, cognitions, arousal) to help clarify media violence-related effects on youth.

About the Author
Part I: Understanding Aggression
Chapter 1. Media Violence: History and Key Issues
Concerns About Media Violence Throughout History

Aggressive Behavior and Aggression-Related Constructs

Answering Questions So New Questions Can Be Raised

Preview of Coming Attractions

Chapter 2. Aggressive Behavior Across Development
Developmental Change in Aggression

Individual Variation in Aggressive Behavior

Sex Differences in Aggressive Behavior Across Development

Excessive Aggression in Youth

Chapter 3. Theories of Aggression
Domain-Specific Theories of Aggression

Integrative Theory

Chapter 4. Violent Media Consumption Across Childhood and Adolescence
Investigating Media Consumption Across Development

Patterns of General Media Consumption

What We Know About Violent Media Consumption

Reasons for Consuming Violent Media

Part II: Effects of Specific Forms of Violent Media on Youth
Chapter 5. Can Youth Benefit From Violent Media Consumption?
Research Related to the Benefits of Media Violence Consumption

Chapter 6. Sports Violence and Aggression
Aggression in Sport

Modeling Aggression and Its Consequences

Factors That Influence Imitative Behavior in Youth

Sports Violence and Aggression in Youth

Laying the Smackdown on Sports Entertainment

Chapter 7. Comic Books, Literature, and War Toys
Comic Book Violence

Violence in Literature and Its Relationship to Aggression and Fear

War Toys and Aggression

Chapter 8. Cartoon Violence
Cartoons: A Brief Historical Overview

Violence in Cartoons

Cartoon Violence and Aggression

Chapter 9. Violence in Music and Music Videos
Historical Overview

Violent Lyrics

Backward Masking and Satanic Messages

The Effects of Music Violence on Aggression

Violent Music Videos and Aggression

Chapter 10. Live-Action Television and Movie Violence
Violence in Movies

Violence on Television

Factors That Influence the Perception of Live-Action Violence

Television Violence and Aggressive Behavior

The Effect of Television Violence on Aggression-Related Constructs


Television Violence and Fear

Chapter 11. The Effects of Violent Video Games and Internet Aggression on Youth
Characteristics of Violent Video Games

The Effects of Violent Video Games on Youth as a Function of Video Game Era and Game Type

Internet Aggression

Part III. Media Violence and the Concept of Risk
Chapter 12. Aggression: Risk and Protective Factors
Beans and Aggression

Risk Factors for Aggression: Child Characteristics

Risk Factors for Aggression: Environmental Characteristics

Aggression: Protective Factors

On the Importance of Risk and Protective Factors in Media Violence Research

Chapter 13. Media Violence Effects: Magnitude and Mitigation

Violent Media Effect Sizes in the Context of Other Risk Factors for Aggression

Moderators of Media Violence Effects

Which Media Have the Most Negative Impact on Youth?

Reducing the Effects of Media Violence Consumption Through Mediation

Chapter 14. Media Violence and Public Policy
Legislating Media Violence: Is There Really a Need?

A Brief Look at Policy Making

Violent Media and Current Policy

Author Index
Subject Index

“This is an outstanding book. Key strengths are professional and comprehensive treatment of the literature and reader accessibility. I am a mass communication scholar, and with the aid of Kirsh's text I feel I have a psychologist in the classroom with me. I have adopted this book for my course several times and will continue to do so in the future. Please let me summarize the above review in three words. "This book rocks!" Thank you for this great addition to the literature.”

Don Diefenbach
University of North Carolina at Asheville

“It is an excellent book which my students lilted a lot. It is a very good intro into the domain of media violence research for anyone who wants an accessible yet comprehensive coverage of the area. I will certainly continue using the book for my courses and look forward to the new edition.”

Barbara Krahe
University of Potsdam, Germany

"Kirsh strikes a good balance between breadth and depth, presenting a concise yet holistic review of the media violence literature. The book does a great job of integrating diverse findings and providing a deeper understanding of processes underlying media violence effects that can benefit both psychologists and a general audience."

Craig A. Anderson;
Prot, Sara, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 57(14), 2012
-- Myths and facts about youth and violent media.

"Since Steven Kirsh pays attention to introduce all necessary methodological aspects as well as discuss the different aspects of media violence research in detail, this book can be used as a textbook in undergraduate as well as graduate courses. However this book is not limited to the context of the university, but also a helpful resource for teachers and parents. They can easily understand the mechanism by which violent media influences children."

Robert Busching
University of Potsdam
The Bulletin of the International Society for Research on Agression, Vol 34, No 1 June 2012

A fascinating book: very comprehensive in scope dealing with a wide range of issues and debates. I was especially impressed by the sections exploring different forms of media such as comics and the internet and the debates around public policy and risk.

Mr Dave Merryweather
Dep't of Social Work, Policy and Justice, Liverpool Hope University
June 16, 2014
Key features

New to this Edition:

  • "Developmental Points of Interest" section in each chapter places the empirical findings, underlying theory, and suggestions for future research, in the context of developmental change.
  • "Questions for Discussion" provides instructors with questions designed to stimulate thoughtful classroom discussions related to media violence research and offers students the opportunity to digest the material further.
  • "Research in Focus" sections highlight key data and statistics related to the science of studying media violence.
  • Hundreds of NEW references make the text current and relevant, supplying students with the latest in media violence and aggression-related research.
Features and Benefits:
  • Takes a developmental perspective and utilizes three themes throughout the text: critical assessment of research; the importance of development in evaluating research; and identifying the next step in the research process.
  • Covers multiple forms of media violence (e.g., animated violence, sports violence, dramatic violence, gaming violence) to broaden the scope of the discussion for students to consider.
  • Discusses and critiques the major theories used to explain the impact of media violence on children and adolescents.
  • Addresses media violence in the context of other risk factors for aggression such as peers, parenting, and personality.
  • Includes engaging chapter-opening introductions to draw in readers and to set the objectives for the content they'll learn in that chapter.

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