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NCJ Number: 36156 Find in a Library
Title: VIOLENCE AND THE MEDIA
Journal: CRIMINOLOGY  Dated:(MAY 1970)  Pages:80-94
Author(s): J P DUSSICH
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1970
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS PAPER EXPLORES THE QUESTION OF WHETHER VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA ENCOURAGES DEVIANT BEHAVIOR OR SUPPRESSES IT BY PROVIDING AN OUTLET FOR AGGRESSIVE TENDENCIES, AND PRESENTS SYNOPSES OF RELATED RESEARCH EFFORTS.
Abstract: IT IS SAID THAT SOCIAL SCIENTISTS GENERALLY REFER TO THE MEDIA AS A REINFORCING, RATHER THAN CAUSATIVE AGENT. MOST RESEARCHERS AGREE THAT THE MEDIA DO NOT SO MUCH CHANGE ATTITUDES, OPINIONS, AND BEHAVIOR, AS MODIFY THEM. NOT ONLY ARE THE MEDIA POWERFUL REINFORCERS, BUT THEY ARE ALSO CAPABLE OF REDIRECTING EXISTING PATTERNS INTO NEW AREAS. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT, BASED ON A REVIEW OF RESEARCH. NEGATIVE EFFECTS HAVE BEEN FOUND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT AND THAT MOST OF THESE HAVE BEEN IMMEDIATE, DEALING WITH SLIGHT MODIFICATIONS OF ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Deviance; Media coverage; Televisions; Violence; Violence causes; Violence on television
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