Simonson, H. (1992). Interaction effects of television and socioeconomic status on teenage aggression. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 3 (3-4), 333-343.

Abstract:  Based on L. Berkowitz’s (1969) theory of the revolution of rising expectations, it is hypothesized that for youth of low SES, TV portrayals of middle-class lifestyles could constitute a more aversive stimulus than portrayed violence. Ss were 96 Black, male, 6th and 7th graders of low and middle SES who viewed film clips of violent (police adventure) and nonviolent (family situation comedy) situations. The subsequent free-play behavior of low SES Ss was compared to that of the middle SES Ss. No differences were found in the aggressive behaviors of low and middle SES Ss. Low SES Ss showed no more aggression to the family life clips than to the violent clips. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)