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No Clear Link Between Television Violence and Aggression
There is a great deal of speculation on the role of television violence in
childhood aggression.  Research demonstrates there may be other intervening
variables causing aggression.  These variables include IQ, social class, parental
punishment, parental aggression, hereditary, environmental, and modeling.  With
all of these factors to taken into consideration it is difficult to determine a
causal relationship between television violence and aggression.  It is my
hypothesis this relationship is bi-directional – violent television
causes aggressive behavior and aggressive people tend to watch more violent
Over the years there has been a large amount of research published, many with
conflicting results, to the question of a causal link existing between the
viewing of televised violence and childhood aggression.  It is an important
question because if violent television is linked to childhood aggression we need
to adapt our television shows accordingly.
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