Nathanson, A.I. (2001). Parents versus peers: Exploring the significance of peer mediation of antisocial television. Communication Research, 28 (3), 251-274.

Abstract:  Explored both the relative presence of parental and peer mediation of antisocial television and their relative influence on adolescents’ aggression. 167 undergraduate students (aged 17-35 yrs) were asked to think back to when they were in high school (grades 9-12) when responding to survey questions. Measures of general television use, peer discussion of antisocial television, peer coviewing of antisocial television, perceptions of friends’ attitudes toward antisocial television, attitudes toward antisocial television, aggression, parental discussion, and parental coviewing were taken. Results show that peer mediation of antisocial television occurs more frequently and is more potent than parental mediation. In addition, results show that peer mediation promotes more positive orientations toward antisocial television, which in turn leads to greater aggression. Whereas parental mediation can inhibit negative media effects, peer mediation seems to facilitate harmful outcomes. It is suggested that future research follow up on this initial study of peer mediation so that this construct can be further developed and understood. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)