Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence By Steven J. Kirsh
Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence
by Steven J. Kirsh
Providing both historical and theoretical contexts, this book guides the reader through the maze of myth and scientific evidence on media violence effects on children and youth. It evaluates the role of the development processes in media violence research and stresses the importance of methodology in understanding that research.
Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research by Steven J. Kirsh
'Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence 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' - Jeanne B Funk, University of Toledo
Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence provides a comprehensive review and critique of the literature related to media violence in all its forms during childhood and adolescence. Special attention is paid to evaluating the role of the development processes in media violence research and to stressing the importance of methodology in understanding that research. The developmental analysis taken by the author allows for the identification of age-related `holes' in the literature and helps the reader to become a critical consumers of the research. The book also provides the most comprehensive overview available of the effects of media violence on children and adolescents.
Key features include:
- a developmental perspective, utilizing three themes throughout the text: critical assessment of research; the importance of development in evaluating research; and identifying the next step in the research process;
- multiple forms of media violence to broaden the scope of discussion;
- discusses and critiques the five major theories utilized to explain the impact of media violence on children and adolescents;
- chapter-opening introductions to draw in readers and to set the stage for the content to come;
- extended discussion beyond explicit media violence to address the potential benefits and harm associated with nonviolent media consumption.
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"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.." -- Elizabeth A. Vandewater
"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."
-- John P. Murray
"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."
-- Glenn G. Sparks
"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."
-- Craig Anderson "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." -- Jeanne B. Funk "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. McCoy * Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books * "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." -- Midwest Book 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 * Criminal Justice Review *
About Steven J. Kirsh
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.
Table of Contents
Understanding Aggression Chapter 1: There and Back Again: A Media Violence Tale A Look Through the Violent Sands of Time Evaluating the Evidence for Evil Influences Aggressive Behavior and Aggression-Related Constructs Answering Questions so New Questions Can be Raised Preview of Coming Attractions Summary Chapter 2: Exposing The Beast Within: Aggressive Behavior Across Development Normative Development and Individual Variation The Developmental Pathway from Anger to Conflict to Aggression Correlation Individual Variation in Aggressive Behavior Sex Differences in Aggressive Behavior across Development Aggressive Behavior in the Context of Development Excessive Aggression in Youth Summary Chapter 3: Understanding The Beast Within: Theories Of Aggressive Behavior Understanding Theories Theories of Aggression Theories of Aggression and Developmental Considerations Summary Chapter 4: Dining On Death And Destruction: The How Much And Why Of Violent Media Consumption Media Violence Consumption across Development Patterns of Violent Media Consumption Reasons for Consuming Violent Entertainment The Importance of Understanding Why Youth Consume Violent Media Violent Media Consumption as a Function of Development Summary Effects of Specific Forms of Violent Media on Youth Chapter 5: Violent Media And The Need To Be Strong And Powerful Historical Proponents of Media Violence The So-Called Modern Day Benefits of Media Violence Anecdotal Evidence: Is it Scientific? Evaluating the Empirical Evidence Presented by Jones A Final Dagger into the Heart of Sexy Vampire Slayers Summary Chapter 6: Watching The Playful Beast: Sports Violence And Aggression Aggression in Modern Sport There was no "Second Spitter" Hidden in a Grassy Knoll for Roberto Alomar Modeling Aggression and Its Consequences Laying the Smack Down on Sports Entertainment Factors that Influence Imitative Behavior in Youth Effects of Watching Aggressive Behavior on Youth Aggression During Sport Summary Chapter 7: Violence-Laden Imagination: Comic Books, Fiction, And Toys Comic Book Violence Violence in Literature and Youthful Fear and Aggression War Toys and Aggression Summary Chapter 8: Animating The Beast: Cartoon Violence Cartoons: A Brief Historical Overview Violence in Cartoons Cartoons and Aggressive Behavior: The Evidence Summary Chapter 9: Listening To The Beast: Violence In Music And Music Videos Historical Overview The Targets of Modern-Day Research on Music Violence The Popularity of Music The Lyrical Content of Heavy Metal and Rap On Hearing things that Cannot Be Heard Rockin' and a Rollin' and a Fightin' Sex, Violence, and Video Tape Summary Chapter 10: Watching The Beast: Live-Action Television And Movie Violence Violence on Television Differences between Movies and Television The Context of Aggression and its Importance to Television Violence The Effects of Television Violence on Aggressive Behavior The Effect of Television Violence on Aggression-Related Constructs Desensitization Summary Chapter 11: Playing With The Beast: Violent Video Games The Popularity of Violent Video Games Teaching Kids to Kill Video Game Eras and Video Game Violence Types of Violent Video Games The Effects of Violent Video Games on Youth as a Function of Video Game Era and Game Type Summary Media Violence and the Concept of Risk Chapter 12: Risk And Protective Factors Beans and Aggression Child Characteristics that are Risk Factors for Aggression Environmental Risk Factors Protective Factors from Aggression On the Importance of Risk and Protective Factors in Media Violence Research Summary Chapter 13: The Threat Of Media Violence: Assessing Its Magnitude And Reducing Its Effects Sizing it all Up Meta-Analysis Video Games: The Baddest of the Bad? Placing The Effect Sizes For Violent Media In The Context Of Other Risk Factors For Aggression Media Violence Exposure and Moderators Reducing the Effects of Media Violence Consumption Through Mediation Summary Chapter 14: Policy, Violent Entertainment, And Youth Legislating Media Violence, Is There Really a Need? A Brief Look at Policy Making Violent Entertainment and Current Policy Media Violence Policy: A Look to the Future Summary Nonviolent Media and Youth Chapter 15: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The Effects Of Nonviolent Media On Children And Adolescents Defining the Good, the Bad and the Ugly The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Summary
Children, Adolescents, and Media Violence: A Critical Look at the Research by Steven J. Kirsh
Steven J. Kirsh
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