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Overview

Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research offers the most complete overview available of the effects of media violence on children and adolescents from a developmental perspective. Written in an engaging style, this text examines theories and research through a developmental lens to make the effects of media violence on youth more apparent as a function of age. This unique approach allows for identification of age-related gaps in the literature and helps students to become critical consumers of research literature.
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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books of Books
"This book, written for those who can read and think at the college graduate level, leaves the reader with enough sophistication to resist the temptation to oversimplify the subject while using his or her new understanding to discuss the matter as an expert. . . I would gladly put Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence in the hands of every school superintendent, policy maker, principal, and politician I could. . . The latest edition of Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence is a must-read for every graduate student in a clinical psychology program as well as every clinician and potential media consultant in the behavioral sciences. "— Joseph H. Mc Coy
Criminal Justice Review
"Kirsh has produced a very logical and systematic approach to examining research concerning children, aggressive behavior, and the influence of media violence. "— Ottis Murray
Elizabeth A. Vandewater
"I liked this manuscript tremendously….I thought the author took on the daunting task of summarizing the research on the impact of violent media on children elegantly and compellingly. He walked the very difficult line of concisely summarizing what we know and what we don't know about violent media content on children with enough breadth and depth to expose the important issues about the veracity of the findings I liked his writing style, which was informal but not too colloquial, and I loved the time he took to stop and define difficult methodological and statistical concepts within his descriptions of the research….Yet another reason I'm a fan of this book is I didn't get the sense the author had an axe to grind. That is, he did a wonderful job of responsibly and reasonably reporting what we know about the connections between media violence and a variety of poor outcomes in children. He did a very thorough job, touching upon all the important issues that I could see, and he did it without getting on a 'soap box' and descending into opinion and punditry.."
John P. Murray

"This is a very interesting book that addresses an important issue, the influence of media violence on children and adolescents. The book is suitable for use in an advanced undergraduate class or in a specialized graduate seminar devoted to studies of media and children. The author has assembled a broad range of research resources and commentaries on the topic and seems knowledgeable about the issues and concerns in the field."

Glenn G. Sparks

"The book is exceedingly well written. It is clear, engaging, and readable. This is a substantial accomplishment and I believe it is one of the main strengths of the manuscript."

Craig Anderson

"Such a book is timely and fills an important niche for professionals in the field and for instruction….Particularly appealing is the fact that it takes a broad view of the entire media violence literature."

Jeanne B. Funk
"Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research is a state of the art assessment of this complex issue. Providing both historical and theoretical context, Dr. Kirsh expertly guides the reader through the maze of myth and scientific evidence on media violence effects on children and youth. Eminently readable, this book is an essential resource for anyone who wants to understand the scientific methodology, results, and policy implications of media violence research."
Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books - Joseph H. McCoy
"This book, written for those who can read and think at the college graduate level, leaves the reader with enough sophistication to resist the temptation to oversimplify the subject while using his or her new understanding to discuss the matter as an expert. . . I would gladly put Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence in the hands of every school superintendent, policy maker, principal, and politician I could. . . The latest edition of Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence is a must-read for every graduate student in a clinical psychology program as well as every clinician and potential media consultant in the behavioral sciences."
Midwest Book Review
"College-level collections strong in media history as well as education studies will find plenty to like with Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research. Video games are included in chapters which will appeal to undergraduates and graduate students in a range of courses."
Criminal Justice Review - Ottis Murray

"Kirsh has produced a very logical and systematic approach to examining research concerning children, aggressive behavior, and the influence of media violence."

Don Diefenbach
“This is an outstanding book. Key strengths are professional and comprehensive treatment of the literature and reader accessibility. I am a mass communication scholar, and with the aid of Kirsh's text I feel I have a psychologist in the classroom with me. I have adopted this book for my course several times and will continue to do so in the future. Please let me summarize the above review in three words. "This book rocks!" Thank you for this great addition to the literature.”
Barbara Krahe
“It is an excellent book which my students lilted a lot. It is a very good intro into the domain of media violence research for anyone who wants an accessible yet comprehensive coverage of the area. I will certainly continue using the book for my courses and look forward to the new edition.”
Myths and facts about youth and violent media. - Craig A. Anderson
"Kirsh strikes a good balance between breadth and depth, presenting a concise yet holistic review of the media violence literature. The book does a great job of integrating diverse findings and providing a deeper understanding of processes underlying media violence effects that can benefit both psychologists and a general audience. "
The Bulletin of the International Society for Research on Agression, Vol 34, No 1 June 2012 - Robert Busching
"Since Steven Kirsh pays attention to introduce all necessary methodological aspects as well as discuss the different aspects of media violence research in detail, this book can be used as a textbook in undergraduate as well as graduate courses. However this book is not limited to the context of the university, but also a helpful resource for teachers and parents. They can easily understand the mechanism by which violent media influences children."
Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books - Joseph H. Mc Coy
"This book, written for those who can read and think at the college graduate level, leaves the reader with enough sophistication to resist the temptation to oversimplify the subject while using his or her new understanding to discuss the matter as an expert. . . I would gladly put Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence in the hands of every school superintendent, policy maker, principal, and politician I could. . . The latest edition of Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence is a must-read for every graduate student in a clinical psychology program as well as every clinician and potential media consultant in the behavioral sciences."
-- Myths and facts about youth and violent media. - Craig A. Anderson;
"Kirsh strikes a good balance between breadth and depth, presenting a concise yet holistic review of the media violence literature. The book does a great job of integrating diverse findings and providing a deeper understanding of processes underlying media violence effects that can benefit both psychologists and a general audience."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412996426
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/8/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,444,684
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven J. Kirsh is a Professor of Psychology at The State University of New York at Geneseo. During his youth, he reports spending many hours, and dollars, in the video arcades of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Professor Kirsh’s primary areas of research focus on the influence of violent media consumption on emotion recognition and social information processing. He has published Media and Youth: A Developmental Perspective (2010) and coauthored the most recent edition of Psychology for Living: Adjustment, Growth, and Behavior Today (2011), as well as numerous scientific articles and book chapters. Professor Kirsh currently teaches courses in the areas of child development, introductory psychology, research methods, and media violence.
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Table of Contents

1 There and back again : a media violence tale 3
2 Exposing the beast within : aggressive behaviour across development 21
3 Understanding the beast within : theories of aggressive behaviour 47
4 Dining on death and destruction : the how much and why of violent media consumption 71
5 Violent media and the need to feel strong and powerful 95
6 Watching the playful beast : sports violence and aggression 115
7 Violence-laden imagination : comic books, fiction, and toys 139
8 Animating the beast : cartoon violence 159
9 Listening to the beast : violence in music and music videos 179
10 Watching the beast : live-action television and movie violence 201
11 Playing with the beast : violent video games 227
12 Aggressive behaviour : risk and protective factors 249
13 The threat of media violence : assessing its magnitude and reducing its effects 271
14 Policy, violent entertainment, and youth 297
15 The good, the bad, and the ugly : effects of nonviolent media on children and adolescents 325
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