Effect of Television on Aggressivity of Adolescents

A. Vetro, A. Csapo, J. Szilard, M. Vargha

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Abstract

The impact of crime and adventure films upon aggressivity in the case of 194 adolescents, aged 12–16 years, was examined using Picture Frustration Test (PFT). We found that the aggressivity of the observed young people increased yearly during adolescence despite our expectation that it should decrease as the years go by. It is considered that children and adolescents watch television too much. Those who watch a lot of crime and adventure have a higher aggressivity level than those who watch these programmes only occasionally. It is suggested that adolescents should spend less time watching television and that crime films be screened at later hours and less frequently. A better policy about programmes needs to be drawn up; and parents need to be urged to be more active and careful in selecting television programmes for their children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-320
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1988

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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