Negative effects of media violence on children
Critical literature review essay on the negative effects of media violence on children. Review and critically evaluate the research evidence for and against the hypothesis that exposure to media violence is harmful to children.
ABOUT THE TASK:
The critical literature review. This assessment task assesses research, integration, critical analysis and writing skills. You are required to critically evaluate a body of literature and communicate this clearly and coherently. Below you will find
a selection of essay topics with starter references. You should not limit yourself to these references. You are required to write a 1500-word essay (excluding references) on one of the topics.
There has been a great deal of public and professional debate about the negative effects of media violence on children. Review and critically evaluate the research evidence for and against the hypothesis that exposure to media violence is harmful to children. In addressing this topic, make sure you consider the different types of
media studied, the different types of harmful outcomes assessed, the different
groups of children participating in the studies, and explanations of why negative outcomes occurred or not.
Anderson, C. A., Berkowitz, L., Donnerstein, E., Huesmann, L. R., Johnson, J., Linz,
D., Malamuth, N., & Wartella, E. (2003). The influence of media violence on youth.
Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 4, 81-110.
Jordan, A. (2004). The role of media in children in children’s development: An
ecological perspective. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 25, 196-206.
Tremblay, R. E. (2000). The development of aggressive behaviour during childhood:
What have we learnt in the last century? International Journal of Behavioral
Development, 24, 129-141.
Krahé, B., Berkowitz, L., Brockmeyer, J. H., Bushman, B. J., Coyne, S. M., Dill, K. E.,
Donnerstein, E., Gentile, D. A., Huesmann, L. R., Kirsch, S. J., Möller, I., &
Warburton, W. A. (2012). Report of the Media Violence Commission. Aggressive
Behavior, 38, 335-341.
In writing your essay, please make sure you attend to the following guidelines:
– Make sure you address the specific issues raised in the question.
– Read the starter references, but make sure you go beyond them to review
more recent research literature in the area. We expect you to consult journal
articles and chapters from books. Do not rely only on developmental
textbooks for your essay. It is important that whenever possible you read the original journal articles and book chapters you cite — secondary references should be kept to a minimum. As a rough guide, a good reference list would include at least 10-12 references, with some citations from the past 3 years.
– Your reference list should be done in proper American Psychological
Association (APA) format. See the format of the references below and also
consult the examples at the end of this document. Proper format means, for
example, putting all the full stops, commas, italicised fonts, etc. where
required, and paying attention to which words (e.g., in book titles) start with
upper case letters and which words do not.
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