Albert, R. S. (1957). The role of mass media and the effect of aggressive film content upon children’s aggressive responses and identification choices. Genetic Psychology Monographs, 55, 221-285.
Abstract: High-, medium-, and low-aggression subjects were identified within a sample of 220 8- to 10-year-old boys and girls by means of a picture test. Their aggressive tendencies were measured after they were exposed to various types of cowboy films. Among the many findings: “Subjects shown a conventional cowboy film show a decrease in their aggression; not the increase predicted.” Changes in aggression appear to be related to the type of ending for the film, the intelligence of the subjects, and the age of the subjects. The subjects’ identification choices were also investigated and found to vary according to level of initial aggressive tendencies, sex of subjects, and a film ending. 66-item bibliography. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)