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American Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Vol.3, No.1, Feb. 2017, Pub. Date: Aug. 28, 2017
Effects of Violent Video Games and Violent Movies on Aggressive Behaviour of Children in Imo State, Nigeria
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Authors
[01] Leonard Chioma Onwukwe, Department of Psychology, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.
[02] Vivian Chizoma Njemanze, Department of Sociology/Psychology/Criminology and Security Studies, Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Nigeria.
[03] Ethelbert Njoku, Department of Psychology, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.
[04] Williams Chukwuemeka Obia, Department of Psychology, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.
Abstract
Video gaming and movie watching have firmly taken their roots in society and violence cum aggression has increased astronomically. The debate among researchers is whether or not engagement in violent movies and video games causes aggression. This study investigated the effects of violent video games and violent movies on aggressive behaviours of children. Two hypotheses were formulated. Thirty-eight participants were selected using simple random sampling and were randomly assigned into four groups. They comprised of 24 males and 24 females within the age range of five to seven years with a mean score of 6.37 and a standard deviation of 0.82. After the experimental manipulation, the participants were observed from a flank for 30 minutes and their responses were rated. The data obtained was analysed using a paired samples t-test and result proved that both violent video games and violent movies have a significant effect on aggressive behaviour of children. Based on the findings; we strongly recommend that children’s involvement in violent video games and movies be scrutinized.
Keywords
Violent Video Games, Violent Movies, Aggressive Behaviour, Children, Imo State Nigeria
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