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Peer Influence on Violent Content Effects

  • By: Melissa M. Yang
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

The concept of peers is very important in the literature of adolescent psychology. This is because teens are at an age when they spend a significant amount of time with their friends and greatly value the opinions of their peers. Developmental psychologists such as Jean Piaget and Harry Stack Sullivan underscore the importance of friendships in the socioemotional development of adolescents. This entry examines the impact of peer influence on the effects of violent content among adolescents (ages 12 to 20). A brief review of the role of peers in adolescence is presented before exploring research on peer influence on media use and peer mediation of violent content.

The Role of Peers in Adolescence

Scholars often refer to adolescence as a transitional stage from childhood to adulthood, ...

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