Violence and Children
A Complete Guide for Parents and Professionals
Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D.
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 profoundly
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.
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.
Endorsement From 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 culture.
From Michael Rich, MD, MPH Director, Center on Media and
Child Health Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical
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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