Hoffner, C., & Buchanan, M. (2002). Parents’ responses to television violence: The third-person perception, parental mediation and support for censorship. Media Psychology, 4 (3), 231-252.
Abstract: Extending prior research on the third–person effect, which has focused on perceived media effects on adults, the present study examined parents’ beliefs about the effects of televised violence on their own and other children, and how these perceptions are related to two different behavioral responses: Parental mediation of television and support for censorship. Respondents were parents of children aged 3 to 18 (N=70), who were contacted as part of a random sample for a larger study. Via telephone interviews, parents rated their perceptions of three effects of televised violence: (1) viewing the world as a dangerous place; (2) approving of aggression; and (3) behaving aggressively. As predicted, third–person perceptions were observed for all three types of influence, but were larger for the more socially undesirable aggression-related effects. Both parental mediation and support for censorship were associated with the perceived effects of televised violence. Evidence suggested that parents’ behavioral responses were motivated by concern about both their own and other children, but that the pattern of responses variedfor the three different effects of viewed violence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)