Rosenkoetter, L.I., Rosenkoetter, S.E., Ozretich, R.A., & Acock, A.C. (2004). Mitigating the harmful effects of violent television. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 25 (1), 25-47.
Abstract: In an effort to minimize the harmful effects of violent TV, a yearlong intervention was undertaken with children in Grades 1 through 3 (N = 177). The classroom-based intervention consisted of 31 brief lessons that emphasized the many ways in which television distorts violence. As hypothesized, the intervention resulted in a reduction in children’s viewing of violent TV as well as in less identification with violent TV characters. While the intervention was more successful with girls, boys receiving the intervention were judged by their classmates to have reduced their behavioral aggression following the intervention. The importance of this research project is that it provides encouraging evidence that TV literacy programs can reduce some harmful effects of violent TV on young viewers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)(journal abstract)