Essay TV Violence & Child Behavior
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This study examined the relationship between viewing by children of television programming with violent content and manifestations of violent or aggressive behavioral tendencies by children. This study is important because criminal activity generally and violent behavior particularly committed by children in the United States is increasing as the overall rates of both violent and non-violent crime in this country are declining to some extent.
Social learning theory is posited as the way in which viewing violent programming on television is translated into violent behavior by children. Children begin to imitate adult behaviors at the earliest ages. The ability to imitate behavior is both useful and necessary for child development. While..