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Aggression in Youth

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

Although considerable debate may still exist regarding violent media’s influence on aggression in adults, there is considerable agreement about its influence on aggression in youth. The arrival of new forms of entertainment media is usually accompanied by concerns and research regarding their antisocial effects on children. Dime novels, comic books, films, radio programs, and television shows have all received their share of criticism by politicians, social advocates, and scholars for their alleged effects on youth aggression.

Scholars define media violence as content portraying aggressive or violent behaviors by one character against another. In this context, aggression is generally defined as any physical or verbal behavior intended to cause physical or emotional harm to another person, whereas the terms violence or violent behavior are reserved for ...

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