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NCJ Number: 220815 Find in a Library
Title: Does Media Violence Cause Violent Crime?
Journal: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research  Volume:13  Issue:3-4  Dated:2007  Pages:205-211
Author(s): Sarah M. Coyne
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 7
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: To evaluate the claim from previous studies that a link exists between media violence and or violent crime, this paper reviews research involving crime statistics, offender populations, and longitudinal studies.
Abstract: When integrated with other long-term studies on the development of crime, it is concluded that the link between media violence and crime is weak after other environmental factors are taken into consideration. Until how an individual uses violent media throughout their lifespan is examined, conclusions about the role of television in criminal behavior cannot be made. Over the past 60 years, hundreds of studies have shown that viewing violence in the media can influence aggressive behavior. However, the majority of these studies are laboratory based, telling little about how media violence influences real criminal behavior. The purpose of this paper is to review research in crime statistics, offender populations, and longitudinal studies to reevaluate the claim that such a link actually exists. References
Main Term(s): Media-crime relationships
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Criminology; Media violence; Violence on television
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