Research on the Effects of Media

© 2008-2011 Douglas A. Gentile; All Rights Reserved

Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D.

Book: Media Violence and Children

A Complete Guide for Parents and Professionals


The foremost experts in the field of media violence research present a broad range of approaches and findings to confirm what has long been suspected: media violence has profound negative effects on children. The contributors share concise and readable summaries of the most recent research--along with research conducted over the past 40 years--regarding the effects of violence in various media, including: television, film, video games, music, and the Internet.

Scientifically documented negative effects on children include the aggressor effect, the victim effect, the bystander effect, and the appetite effect. Future steps to reduce the danger of media violence are also presented. This cross-disciplinary approach to media violence offers readers the most complete, up-to-date, and holistic understanding of the topic. Gentile and his contributors also examine and debunk long-held misconceptions about media violence, explaining the specific nature and unquestionable power of the negative effects.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Douglas A. Gentile)

The Proliferation of Media Violence and Its Economic Underpinnings (Bruce D. Bartholow, Karen E. Dill, Kathryn B. Anderson, and James J. Lindsay)

Developmental Approaches to Understanding Media Effects on Individuals (Douglas A. Gentile and Arturo Sesma Jr.)

Media Effects on Societies and Communities (Tannis M. MacBeth)

Television Violence (Victor C. Strasburger and Barbara J. Wilson)

The Role of Theory in the Study of Media Violence: The General Aggression Model (Nicholas L. Carnagey and Craig A. Anderson)

The Case against the Case against Media Violence (L. Rowell Huesmann and Laramie D. Taylor)

Violent Video Games: The Newest Media Violence Hazard (Douglas A. Gentile and Craig A. Anderson)

The Effects of Violent Music on Children and Adolescents (Donald F. Roberts, Peter G. Christenson, and Douglas A. Gentile)

Children's and Adolescents' Exposure to Different Kinds of Media Violence: Recurring Choices and Recurring Themes (Jennifer A. Kotler and Sandra L. Calvert)

Media and Fear in Children and Adolescents (Joanne Cantor)

The Contribution of Meta-Analysis to the Controversy over Television Violence and Aggression (George Comstock and Erica Scharrer)

The Road to the V-Chip: Television Violence and Public Policy (Dale Kunkel)

The Frontiers of Media Research (W. James Potter)


Endorsement from Senator Paul Simon; Director, Public Policy Institute:
Firmly, undramatically, this solid book step-by-step reaches the powerful conclusion that we are harming our society. This is one of those rare books which has the potential to change our future.
Endorsement from Michael Rich, MD, MPH; Director, Center on Media and Child Health, Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School:
The most current and comprehensive overview of this complex and concerning issue for children and their parents. If we, as a society, can learn from these leaders in the field and act on what we learn, we can better protect the health and safety of our children, and secure the future of our society as it negotiates the Information Age.
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