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NCJ Number: 150870 Find in a Library
Title: Violence in the Media: An Examination of Juvenile Judges' Attitudes on a Desensitivity Strategy
Author(s): M M Johnson; R Soenksen
Corporate Author: James Madison University
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Type: Conference Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The effects of long-term exposure to media violence on juveniles are discussed.
Abstract: This study examines the question of whether juvenile court judges are seeing evidence of long-term exposure to media violence affecting the behavior of juvenile offenders. The attitudes and opinions of 87 juvenile court judges in Virginia regarding the use of heavy viewing of violence as a defense in juvenile litigation or as a mitigating circumstance in sentencing were surveyed. Several examples of litigation involving allegations that situations depicted on the media were imitated by juvenile members of the audience are presented. Results of the study indicate that, in a court of law, juveniles would be expected to take responsibility for their actions regardless of the amount of media violence to which they had been exposed. While the judges realized that the media influence juvenile behavior, they felt that such effects do not justify criminal behavior. Rural judges seemed more open to the use of the media violence intoxication argument as a valid defense than were urban judges. The judges believed that something should be done about the level of media violence, but stopped short of supporting government-imposed regulations. Appendix, 7 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Courts; Criminology; Juvenile judges; Media violence
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. This paper was presented at the International Conference on Violence in the Media: Prospects for Change, held on October 3-4, 1994, in New York City. The conference was sponsored by St. John's University.
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