Scharrer, E. (2002). Third-person perception and television violence: The role of out-group stereotyping in perception of susceptibility to effects. Communication Research, 29 (6), 681-704.

Abstract: The third-person perception as it relates to the issue of television violence is examined here via survey responses of 624 adults from 3 regions in the US. Rather than being asked about generally defined groups of “others,” respondents were instructed to specify which social/demographic groups they deemed more susceptible to negative television influence than others. Social categorization and social identity theories as well as the concept of negative out-group stereotyping are used to explain results that provide preliminary support that some social groups (e.g., children and teens, those with less education, and those with less income) are perceived as more likely to be negatively influenced by television violence than others. The relationship between estimates of groupssusceptibility to effects and respondents’ third-person perception is also tested. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)