Do Violent Video Games Cause Violence in Childen

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Do Violent Video Games Influence Youth Violence
Noel Averruz
ITT-Technical Institute

Ever Since Violent Video Games were invented People have been trying to prove that they influence Violence in Juveniles. Although many prospective studies have been done on video game violence and the affect they have on the youth, none have been able to completely validate the claim that violent video games do influence the youth to become violent in their everyday lives.
Out of the many studies that have been done to examined video game violence and the influences it has on player aggression none of the results necessarily tap well into serious aggression or violence. One of these studies was performed by Dr. Ferguson who recruited 302
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Violent video games can provide a safe and healthy opportunity for youth to explore rules and consequences to violent actions and may allow youth to virtually explore war and death without any real world consequences. (2014). In conclusion, youth might model violent acts on what they have seen in video games, but the violence would still occur in the absence of video games. Dr. Ferguson States “Depressive symptoms stand out as particularly strong predictors of youth violence and aggression, and therefore current levels of depression may be a key variable of interest in the prevention of serious aggression in youth. Current studies find no evidence to support a long-term relationship between video game violence use and subsequent aggression. Even though the debate over violent video games and youth violence will continue, it must do so with restraint.”, Ferguson CJ (2010),

Ferguson, C. (2010, December 14). Video Games and Youth Violence: A Prospective Analysis in Adolescents.
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
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