Aluja-Fabregat, A., & Torrubia-Beltri, R. (1998). Viewing of mass media violence, perception of violence, personality and academic achievement. Personality and Individual Differences, 25, 973-989

Abstract:  Examined the relationship between the viewing of and interest in violent episodes on television, whether they be in action and adventure films or cartoons, and personality (measured by the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire [EPQ/J], the Sensation Seeking Scale [SSS/J], the Sensitivity to Punishment and Sensitivity to Reward Scales [SP-SR]), and academic achievement. 470 male vs female 8th-grade students (mean age 13.64 yrs) participated. The study also took into account teachers’ reports on student personality traits and attitudes such as aggressivity, excitability, leadership, responsibility, and interest in studies. Results reveal that those boys who perceived violent cartoon films as being funny and thrilling were deemed more aggressive and excitable by their teachers. Those boys who rated action and adventure films as more interesting attained lower academic achievement. Boys and girls who perceived violent cartoon films as being thrilling and funny got higher scores on Neuroticism, Psychoticism, SSS/J and SR. Those boys who rate action and adventure films watched as more interesting get higher scores on Neuroticism and Psychoticism scales, the SSS/J, and the SR, whereas girls scored higher on the Extraversion and Psychoticism scales and the SSS/J. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)