March 1989
Education;Spring89, Vol. 109 Issue 3, p352
Academic Journal
A basic concern in the area of mass communication has been that of the effect of television violence on young children. This concern has been expressed vehemently by the general public, as well as professionals in the communication area. The amount of television viewing spent by children has been well documented. Recent research indicated that the average family watches approximately six and one half hours of television daily. Teenagers spend 24 hours a week with the set, and pre-school youngsters average 30 hours a week in front of the screen. (Howard and Kievman, 1983). The purpose of this paper has been to (1) review the literature involving the effect of television violence on children, (2) to survey the perceptions of the community of Billings, Montana regarding the effects of television violence, and (3) compile and classify the survey by age groups to determine possible biases reflected by the age groups.


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