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The Changing Portrayal of Adolescents in the Media Since 1950$
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Patrick Jamieson and Daniel Romer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195342956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342956.001.0001

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Adolescents and Television Violence

Adolescents and Television Violence

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The Changing Portrayal of Adolescents in the Media Since 1950

W. James Potter

Oxford University Press

There appears to be little discernible change in television violence over time, and violent acts by children and adolescents are rarely shown on television. Perhaps as a result, adolescent portrayal in television violence has been under-studied. Nevertheless, children and adolescents exposed to heavy amounts of television violence behave more aggressively as they age. This chapter discusses viewer characteristics and portrayal characteristics in order to explain this link. Television violence teaches young people that violence is an effective problem-solving strategy at both the personal and societal level. An education strategy is recommended for dealing with television violence, in which the public learns about the harmful effects of media violence and rewards the creation of other types of programming. This model avoids the problems of censorship but requires individuals to accept this goal and work toward making it a reality.

Keywords:   adolescents, media violence, television

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