Brook, D., Saar, N., & Brook, J. (2008, July). Earlier violent television exposure and later drug dependence. The American Journal on Addictions, 17(4), 271-277. Retrieved June 17, 2009, doi:10.1080/10550490802138590

This research examined the longitudinal pathways from earlier violent television exposure to later drug dependence. African American and Puerto Rican adolescents were interviewed during three points in time (n = 463). Exposure to violent television programs in late adolescence predicted exposure to violent television programs in young adulthood, which in turn was related to tobacco/marijuana use, nicotine dependence, and later drug dependence. Some policy and clinical implications suggest regulating the times when violent television programs are broadcast, creating developmentally targeted prevention/treatment programs, and recognizing that watching violent television programs may serve as a cue regarding increased susceptibility to nicotine and drug dependence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)(from the journal abstract)