skip navigation

CrimeSolutions.gov

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 
  NCJ Number: NCJ 160262     Find in a Library
  Title: Heavy Metal Rock and Gangsta Rap Music Promote Violence (From Violence in the Media, P 150-158, 1995, Carol Wekesser, ed. -- See NCJ-160238)
  Author(s): B Hattemer ; R Showers
  Date Published: 1995
  Page Count: 9
  Annotation: Heavy metal rock and "gangsta" rap music are more violent than ever before; children and teenagers should not be allowed to listen to the violent messages in this music.
  Abstract: In 1989 the American Medical Association released a report that concluded that music is a greater influence in the life of a teenager than television. Those involved in the rock culture were more likely to be low achievers, involved in drugs, sexually active, and involved in satanic activities. Stating that the issue is too complicated to prove a one-on-one correlation, the report nonetheless concluded that a fascination with heavy metal music was an indicator of adolescent alienation and possible emotional health problems. A report by Free Congress concludes that "heavy metal and rap music today contains an element of hatred and abuse of women of a degree never seen before." In addition to extraordinary sexism, the music contains equally offensive racism, blasphemy, and bigotry. Large numbers of disturbed adolescents with low self-worth draw inspiration from heavy metal music because it makes them feel powerful and in charge. Providing simple answers to complex problems, it gives them a source of authority for what they feel and do. Attitudes and behaviors reinforced by heavy metal music are aggressive rebellion, abuse of drugs and alcohol, graphic violence and suicide, fascination with the occult, and sexuality that is graphic and explicit. Parents must encourage the Federal Communications Commission to be more diligent in enforcing the decency standard on broadcast radio and television and help the Commission by sending in cases. Since MTV has become readily available to children on basic cable, this standard should be extended to cable in the form of a "harmful to minors" law. Removing MTV from basic cable and making it a separate subscription channel is an even better solution.
  Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
  Index Term(s): Violence on television ; Media violence ; Violence causes ; Violence prevention
  Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
  Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: From "Don't Touch That Dial," by Hattemer and Showers.
   
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:
https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=160262

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.