Essay 3 - 22 Introduction The exposure to television and...

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22 Introduction The exposure to television and the hypothesis that the exposure is a risk factor for violence and aggression has been an investigated hypothesis since 1952 when less than ¼ of households in the United States owned a television set. Centerwall’s article Exposure to television as a risk factor for violence examined homicide rates in three countries. The author only used the white homicide rate in the United States, and South Africa. He used the entire homicide rate for Canada, because in 1951. The homicide rate was 97% white. The three countries are similar in that they were all began as frontier colonies initially settled by whites from Western Europe. The author noticed a 10-15 year lag between the introduction of television and the subsequent doubling of the homicide rate, because homicide is primarily an adult activity and since the behavior modifying effects that television has on children the initial “television generation” would have had to age 10-15 years before they would be old enough to affect the homicide rate. Theory The theory that is present is exposure to television is a risk factor for violence and aggression. Therefore, watching television leads to violent crime rate increases including homicide. The author mentions that there is a ten to fifteen year gap from the introduction
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course RCRJ 496Z taught by Professor Loftin during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Albany.

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