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Roger J. R. Levesque

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320442

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320442.001.0001

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Adolescent Aggression and the Media

Adolescent Aggression and the Media

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Adolescents, Media, and the Law

Roger J.R. Levesque

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the nature of media violence and its particular influence on adolescents and their development. It shows the immense power the media potentially plays in adolescent development, including the power not only to shape aggressive and violent dispositions but also to address violence and foster non-violent relationships. To introduce the media's socializing force, the chapter also pays attention to factors that moderate and mediate media effects, although research only recently has turned to these considerations. That is, it considers the factors that shape how the media influences adolescents, since the media does not act alone. Together, findings reveal the need to reconsider how best to prepare adolescents to respond to violent media.

Keywords:   adolescent development, anger, teenagers, aggressive behavior, media violence

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