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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 4/2011

01-04-2011 | Empirical Research

Video Games and Youth Violence: A Prospective Analysis in Adolescents

Auteur: Christopher J. Ferguson

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 4/2011

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Abstract

The potential influence of violent video games on youth violence remains an issue of concern for psychologists, policymakers and the general public. Although several prospective studies of video game violence effects have been conducted, none have employed well validated measures of youth violence, nor considered video game violence effects in context with other influences on youth violence such as family environment, peer delinquency, and depressive symptoms. The current study builds upon previous research in a sample of 302 (52.3% female) mostly Hispanic youth. Results indicated that current levels of depressive symptoms were a strong predictor of serious aggression and violence across most outcome measures. Depressive symptoms also interacted with antisocial traits so that antisocial individuals with depressive symptoms were most inclined toward youth violence. Neither video game violence exposure, nor television violence exposure, were prospective predictors of serious acts of youth aggression or violence. These results are put into the context of criminological data on serious acts of violence among youth.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Video Games and Youth Violence: A Prospective Analysis in Adolescents
Auteur
Christopher J. Ferguson
Publicatiedatum
01-04-2011
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 4/2011
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-010-9610-x

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