Television Violence and Domestic Violence Essay

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We examined the various forms of television violence and domestic violence in America. We provided statistics showing the amounts of violence facts about adolescent exposure. We compared and contrasted the differing effects of both and implemented a study to analyze the similarities. We observed children and gathered data regarding their response to specific kinds of violence and the psychological effects of each. We expected that the effects of television violence and domestic would be strikingly similar to one another and the results of our study prove the similarities and provoke awareness to the differences.

Television Violence and Domestic Violence have Similar Effects on Children
A staggering amount of research has
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585). Statistics such as this one display the facts about what is shown on television. The National Television Violence Study evaluated nearly 1000 hours of programming over a two year period and found that 61% of that programming contained interpersonal violence (Sclozman, 2002-2003, p 87). Something very provocative about the study was that most of the violence was displayed on children’s shows. An article in Pediatrics Magazine states, “.Of all animated feature films produced in the United States between 1937 and 1999, 100% portrayed violence…” (“Pediatrics,” 2001). The evidence if irrefutable, Television does display high levels of violence.

Not only has it been proven that a large amount of violence is displayed on television, but there has been research that suggests that some children have displayed higher levels of aggression as a result of their exposure to violent programming. A recent Current Events article states, “More than 1000 studies validate the connection between media violence and aggression in some children” (“Current Events,” 2001). Although opinions tend to vary about how much a child is affected, studies show that some children are affected so much that they reenact what they saw on television on their peers, and sometimes even their pets. Professional Wrestling is viewed by 35 million in the United States each week. These wrestling shows include fighting, sexually

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