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Effects of Viewing Violence in the Media on Children's Behavior


***** study will focus ***** ***** relationship between viewing violence in the media and children's behavior. Specifically, this study will address the context in which violent images are portrayed and how those images affect long term behavioral development in children. My hypothesis is that children's behavior is *****fluenced not only by the amount ***** violence they view regularly, but also ***** the ***** in ***** they ***** violent behavior. Secondarily, I hypothesize that ***** ***** affects children in a neg*****tive manner.

I feel that currently the ***** lacks sensitivity of approach and portrays overly violent images that ***** readily have access to. Th***** study is unique in ***** I predict specifically that violence portrayed ***** an "acceptable" context, meaning that the victim does ***** exhibit pain or the perpetrator is not punished, is by far more damaging than any other violence portrayed. By far the biggest ***** of ***** portrayal in the media ***** television. Children are most likely to be *****fluenced at a younger age by what they see on televisi***** and in the *****. Part of *****ir developmental process involves taking in their environment ***** shaping their values, beliefs and morals on the things they see in every day life.

***** children are more ***** than adults to be *****fluenced ***** ***** images ***** see on television *****cause they learn from visual cues and repetition. *****ey will have a more difficult time separating fact from fiction, and may draw conclusions that violence ***** aggression ***** acceptable forms of behavior without dire consequence, based on what they see in the media.

********** television programs and o*****r media venues such as cinema and radio often p*****tray violence in an acceptable, if not positive light. Children by nature learn ***** imitation, exposure ***** experience. Children who see ***** favorite action heroes committing acts of violence and aggression in the media are more likely to act out on their own violent and aggressive impulses. Children also have less ability ***** control their impulses.


This dissertation will focus on two central questions: First, does the context ***** which violence is portrayed in the ***** affect children? Studies *****dicate ***** ***** are more likely to be influenced by ***** they see in the media than adults (BBG, 1997). The second question will ***** on whe*****r violence in the media has a long term neg*****tive impact on children. *****, this study will exam*****e violence in the media and its effects on elementary aged school children and adolescents. I intend ***** explore in detail ***** ***** effects that television ***** has on ***** tendencies to demonstrate ***** and ***** *****s.

Null Hypothesis: *****re is no statistical evidence that proves that the context in ***** violence is portrayed in ***** media affects children's behavior in the short term or long term.

***** Hypothesis: There is statistical ***** that indicates ***** the context in which violence is ***** in the media affects children. Violence *****


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