Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research

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This revised text provides updates that reflect new findings in the field of media violence research during childhood and adolescence. Throughout the book, special attention is paid to evaluating the role of developmental processes and to stressing the importance of methodology in understanding media violence research. Findings have been divided into two main areas: aggressive behavior and aggression-related constructs (e.g., emotions, cognitions, arousal) to help clarify media ...

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Overview

This revised text provides updates that reflect new findings in the field of media violence research during childhood and adolescence. Throughout the book, special attention is paid to evaluating the role of developmental processes and to stressing the importance of methodology in understanding media violence research. Findings have been divided into two main areas: aggressive behavior and aggression-related constructs (e.g., emotions, cognitions, arousal) to help clarify media violence-related effects on youth.

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Editorial Reviews

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."
— 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."
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."
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. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412996433
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/8/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (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

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Part I: Understanding Aggression
Chapter 1. Media Violence: History and Key Issues
Concerns About Media Violence Throughout History
Aggressive Behavior and Aggression-Related Constructs
Answering Questions So New Questions Can Be Raised
Preview of Coming Attractions
Chapter 2. Aggressive Behavior Across Development
Developmental Change in Aggression
Individual Variation in Aggressive Behavior
Sex Differences in Aggressive Behavior Across Development
Excessive Aggression in Youth
Chapter 3. Theories of Aggression
Domain-Specific Theories of Aggression
Integrative Theory
Chapter 4. Violent Media Consumption Across Childhood and Adolescence
Investigating Media Consumption Across Development
Patterns of General Media Consumption
What We Know About Violent Media Consumption
Reasons for Consuming Violent Media
Part II: Effects of Specific Forms of Violent Media on Youth
Chapter 5. Can Youth Benefit From Violent Media Consumption?
Research Related to the Benefits of Media Violence Consumption
Chapter 6. Sports Violence and Aggression
Aggression in Sport
Modeling Aggression and Its Consequences
Factors That Influence Imitative Behavior in Youth
Sports Violence and Aggression in Youth
Laying the Smackdown on Sports Entertainment
Chapter 7. Comic Books, Literature, and War Toys
Comic Book Violence
Violence in Literature and Its Relationship to Aggression and Fear
War Toys and Aggression
Chapter 8. Cartoon Violence
Cartoons: A Brief Historical Overview
Violence in Cartoons
Cartoon Violence and Aggression
Chapter 9. Violence in Music and Music Videos
Historical Overview
Violent Lyrics
Backward Masking and Satanic Messages
The Effects of Music Violence on Aggression
Violent Music Videos and Aggression
Chapter 10. Live-Action Television and Movie Violence
Violence in Movies
Violence on Television
Factors That Influence the Perception of Live-Action Violence
Television Violence and Aggressive Behavior
The Effect of Television Violence on Aggression-Related Constructs
Desensitization
Television Violence and Fear
Chapter 11. The Effects of Violent Video Games and Internet Aggression on Youth
Characteristics of Violent Video Games
The Effects of Violent Video Games on Youth as a Function of Video Game Era and Game Type
Internet Aggression
Part III. Media Violence and the Concept of Risk
Chapter 12. Aggression: Risk and Protective Factors
Beans and Aggression
Risk Factors for Aggression: Child Characteristics
Risk Factors for Aggression: Environmental Characteristics
Aggression: Protective Factors
On the Importance of Risk and Protective Factors in Media Violence Research
Chapter 13. Media Violence Effects: Magnitude and Mitigation
Meta-Analysis
Violent Media Effect Sizes in the Context of Other Risk Factors for Aggression
Moderators of Media Violence Effects
Which Media Have the Most Negative Impact on Youth?
Reducing the Effects of Media Violence Consumption Through Mediation
Chapter 14. Media Violence and Public Policy
Legislating Media Violence: Is There Really a Need?
A Brief Look at Policy Making
Violent Media and Current Policy
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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