Reuters 27 November 2008
A new US study has found violence-packed TV shows, movies and video games actually can affect some children’s behavior. Children who get heavy doses of media violence may be at greater risk of violent behavior as teenagers – even when a range of other influences is considered, according to a new study. The findings, the authors say, add to evidence that violence-packed TV shows, movies and video games can affect some children’s behavior. “Even in conjunction with other factors, our research shows that media violence does enhance violent behavior,” lead researcher Paul Boxer, of Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, said in a written statement.
“On average, adolescents who were not exposed to violent media are not as prone to violent behavior.” The findings, reported in an early online edition of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, come from interviews with 820 teenagers and surveys of their parents and teachers.