Children's attitudes toward violence on television

J Psychol. 1997 Jul;131(4):411-5. doi: 10.1080/00223989709603528.


Children's attitudes toward television violence were studied. A 47-item questionnaire collecting attitudinal and personal information was administered to 316 children aged 11 to 16 years. Cluster analysis was used to split the participants into two groups based on their attitudes toward television violence. A stepwise discriminant function analysis was performed to determine which personal characteristics would predict group membership. The only significant predictor of attitudes toward violence on television was the amount of television watched on school days (p < .05), but we also found that the impact of other predictor variables may have been mediated by this factor.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attitude*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Child
  • Child Behavior*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Discriminant Analysis
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Television*
  • Time Factors
  • Violence / psychology*