Fernández-Villanueva, C., Domínguez-Bilbao, R., Revilla-Castro, J., & Anagnostou, A. (2006, March). Broadcasting of violence on Spanish television: A quantitative panorama. Aggressive Behavior, 32(2), 137-145. Retrieved July 8, 2009, doi:10.1002/ab.20110

A quantitative analysis of broadcasted violence by the main television (TV) channels transmitting for Madrid (Spain) was carried out using a novel method that randomly selects fragments of delimited duration from TV broadcasts. The device selects acts of aggression shown in those TV extracts, and classifies them according to their type. There was a high incidence of aggressive acts, especially physical (particularly leading to death), in TV fiction: films, serials and promos. The device also allowed examination of the prominence of aggression in children’s programs, as well as showing minimal variation in the number of aggressive acts over screened time intervals. The pattern of the collected data suggests that the broadcasting of violence on TV emphasizes the conflicting elements of social reality, reproducing it in fiction, news reports and children’s shows. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)(from the journal abstract)