School Psychology Review

Television as a Source of Maltreatment of Children

Leonard D. Eron, L. Rowell Huesmann

pp. 195-202

Mini-Series on Psychological Maltreatment of Children

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ABSTRACT: Words and actions may embody psychological maltreatment of genuine destructive power. This destructive power can be expressed through the broadcast media, and particularly through television. Television influences attitudes and behaviors. Frequently the results are anti-social in nature. Heavy exposure to televised violence is one of the causes of aggressive behavior, crime, and violence in society. This article reviews the research findings which have established relations between television viewing and the subsequent attitudes and behaviors of viewers giving particular attention to the influences of televised violence. It concludes by identifying the implications and remedies for public policy, society and for the parents and educators responsible for the daily experiences of children.