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Mitigating the imitation of aggressive behaviors by changing children's attitudes about media violence.

Authors
  • Huesmann, L R
  • Eron, L D
  • Klein, R
  • Brice, P
  • Fischer, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of personality and social psychology
Publication Date
May 01, 1983
Volume
44
Issue
5
Pages
899–910
Identifiers
PMID: 6864445
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A sample of 169 first- and third-grade children, selected because of their high exposure to television violence, was randomly divided into an experimental and a control group. Over the course of 2 years, the experimental subjects were exposed to two treatments designed to reduce the likelihood of their imitating the aggressive behaviors they observed on TV. The control group received comparable neutral treatments. By the end of the second year, the experimental subjects were rated as significantly less aggressive by their peers, and the relation between violence viewing and aggressiveness was diminished in the experimental group.

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