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Is psychopathology the key to understanding why some children become aggressive when they are exposed to violent television programming?

Grimes, T; Bergen, L; Nichols, K; Vernberg, E; Fonagy, P; (2004) Is psychopathology the key to understanding why some children become aggressive when they are exposed to violent television programming? HUM COMMUN RES , 30 (2) 153 - 181.

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Abstract

Children with diagnosed psychopathologies may experience aggravation of those illnesses with their exposure to media violence. Children with the most common, often undiagnosed, form of psychopathology-Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBDs)-manifested changes in heart rate, heart vagal heart tone and other psychophysiological reactions to media violence. Children without a diagnosis did not manifest these same psychophysiological responses. These reactions, or the absence of them, made determining the effect of violent media on children a more reliable measure than acted out behavior, which can be more susceptible to experimenter interpretation and, thus, experimenter bias. This paper explains why there is a difference in the psychophysiological responses between the two groups. Future research should more carefully examine the putative psychological harm violent television content may impose on children with psychological ailments.

Type: Article
Title: Is psychopathology the key to understanding why some children become aggressive when they are exposed to violent television programming?
Keywords: CARDIAC VAGAL TONE, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, CONDUCT DISORDER, EMOTION, BEHAVIOR, RESPONSES, INDIVIDUALS, MECHANISMS, ATTENTION, INFANTS
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/133799
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