Media Violence and Children: A Complete Guide for Parents and Professionals, 2nd Edition

  • Douglas A. Gentile
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  • ISBN-10: 1440830185
  • ISBN-13: 9781440830181
  • DDC: 303.6083
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 512 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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There are many opinions about media violence and children, but not all are supported by science. In this book, the top experts gather the latest results from 50 years of scientific study as the basis for a comprehensive, in-depth examination of the complex issues surrounding the effects of media violence of different types. Each chapter focuses on a particular issue of concern, including "hot" topics such as brain development, cyber-bullying, video games, and verbal aggression. Articles take into account factors such as economics, differences based on the ages of children, and differences between types of media violence. This book provides the information parents and those who work with families need to make the best choices. It includes chapters specifically relevant to the types of bullying schools have the most trouble identifying and controlling. Most importantly, the writing is both intelligent and accessible so that parents, educators, pediatricians, and policymakers can understand and apply the findings presented.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Proliferation of Media Violence and Its Economic Underpinnings.
2: Why Don't Media Violence Effects Look the Same on Everyone?: Developmental Approaches to Understanding Media Effects.
3: The Broader Effects of Media on Children and Adults: A Natural Experiment.
4: The Role of Theory in the Study of Media Violence: The General Aggression Model.
5: Television Violence: Sixty Years of Research.
6: Media and Fear in Children and Adolescents.
7: Meanness and Manipulation in the Media: Portrayals and Effects of Viewing Relational Aggression in the Media.
8: Violent Video Game Effects on Aggressive Thoughts, Feelings, Physiology, and Behavior.
9: Cyberbullying.
10: The Effects of Violent and Antisocial Music on Children and Adolescents.
11: Cognitive Neuroscience Approaches to the Study of Media Violence Effects.
12: Answering the Attacks on the Media Violence Consensus.
13: The Contribution of Meta-Analysis to the Controversy over Television Violence and Aggression.
14: Media Violence and Public Policy: Where We Have Been and Where We Should Go Next.
15: The Frontiers of Media Violence Research.
About the Editor and Contributors.