Krcmar, M., & Greene, K. (2000). Connections between violent television exposure and adolescent risk taking. Media Psychology, 2 (3), 195-217.

Abstract:  This study utilized a survey to assess television viewing and risktaking behavior in 717 adolescents (aged 11-22 yrs). Results indicate that, among adolescents, there is a link between exposure to violent television in the form of violent drama, realistic crime shows, and contact sports and participation in various forms of risk taking: problem drinking, drinking and driving, delinquency (vandalizing, trespassing, truancy), reckless driving, and drug use. However, the relationship between exposure to various forms of violent television content and risktaking behavior varies somewhat. Specifically, exposure to realistic crime shows and exposure to contact sports is positively related to risk taking; whereas, exposure to violent drama is negatively related to risktaking behavior. Predictions are made and findings discussed in terms of problem behavior theory. Implications for health messages targeting adolescents are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)