Walker, K. B., & Morley, D. D. (1991). Attitudes and parental factors as intervening variables in the television violence-aggression relation. Communication Research Reports, 8 (1-2), 41-47.

Abstract:  Examined the relationship of cognitive and parental factors affecting adolescent viewing of TV violence. 422 adolescents (mean age 16.5 yrs) and 298 of their parents were surveyed for their viewing behaviors, perceptions of violent portrayals, and aggressive behavioral tendencies. Regression analysis indicated that attitude was the strongest predictor of aggression. The more adolescents reported liking TV violence, the more aggressive were their intentions. Results suggest that while exposure to violence and parental factors both play a part in mediating subsequent aggression, viewing violence is less important than liking violence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)