The issue if criminal behavior among our youth is deeply troubling to Americans. There appears to be a profound depression among growing numbers of youth that life (either theirs or someone else's) has any value. A distinguished group of scholars addresses these issues and evaluates solutions from the perspectives and research offered by each of their disciplines. Delinquent Violent Youth opens with a literary and historical overview of crime amongst rural and urban youth, followed by a chapter that explores the theoretical and social policy thinking that grew from these traditions and shaped society's responses to youth in trouble. Next, the book reviews the vast literature concerning how families, peers, schools, and the community influence delinquent behavior. Subsequent chapters explore the role substances play in delinquent behavior; the influence television has on violent behavior in childhood and adolescence; the nature and treatment of violent behavior in adolescents and the implications for treatment; a developmental perspective of youth gangs; effective community-based approaches for treating juvenile offenders; effective interventions for incarcerated youth; and, the promotion of juvenile rightency. For graduate students, program directors, and clinicians who want to increase their knowledge of violent delinquent behavior, Delinquent Violent Youth offers a solid overview and guidance in the selection of approaches that work for intervening with violent youth.
Chapter 5: Life Imitating Art: Adolescents and Television Violence
Life Imitating Art: Adolescents and Television Violence
Decades of social science research have examined the relationship between exposure to media violence and childhood and adolescent violence. There is no doubt that American society is quite violent by modern standards: Our homicide rate is four times higher than that of the next leading developed country (Fingerhut & Kleinman, 1990). Although this phenomenon is complex and multifactorial, with deep historical roots, one of the best documented causes of the modern upsurge in violence appears to be childhood exposure to television violence. Comstock and Strasburger (1990) published a definitive review of the topic, concluding that “the literature gives little comfort to those who assert that … violence on TV does not influence ...