Review

Video Media–Induced Aggressiveness in Children

Authors: Michael Steven Cardwell MD, JD, MPH, MBA

Abstract

Transmission of aggressive behaviors to children through modeling by adults has long been a commonly held psychological concept; however, with the advent of technological innovations during the last 30 years, video media—television, movies, video games, and the Internet—has become the primary model for transmitting aggressiveness to children. This review explores the acquisition of aggressive behaviors by children through modeling behaviors in violent video media. The impact of aggressive behaviors on the child, the family, and society is addressed. Suggestive action plans to curb this societal ill are presented.

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