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Aggression and Its CausesA Biopsychosocial Approach$
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John W. Renfrew

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195082302

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195082302.001.0001

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Media Influences

Media Influences

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(p.153) Chapter 9 Media Influences
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Aggression and Its Causes
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JOHN W. RENFREW

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195082302.003.0009

This chapter examines the social learning effects of mass media, particularly television, on aggression. It analyses the results of surveys, correlational studies, and experimental studies which evaluated the influence of television violence on aggressive behaviour. The findings suggest that viewing televised aggression has a causal effect in increasing real-life violence. This chapter proposes several techniques for preventing the negative effects of television violence on the behaviour of the viewers including censorship and educational techniques.

Keywords:   television violence, aggressive behaviour, social learning, mass media, correlational studies, censorship, aggression

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