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Page10-Thursday,,May 6 1982-The Michigan Daily
Violent behavior linked to TV
WASHINGTON (AP)- Television is "a violent linked "several kinds of aggression-conflict with vities, were more likely to engage in 'serious
form of entertainment" that clearly leads to parents, fighting and delinquency-with the total "The consensus among most of the research com-
aggressive behavior by children and teen-agers, a amount of television viewing, not just viewing of "Ty cs ensu ontmoatosith resea co
new government study concluded yesterday. violent programs." munity is that violence on television does lead to
The National Institute of Mental Health said the The report said, "Both prime time and weekend aggressive behavior hy children and teenagers who
evidence has mounted since a 1972 Surgeon General's children's television are dominated by action, power, is based on laboratory experiments and on field
report first implicated television as a cause of violen- and danger. There is an average of five violent acts studies."
e by children per hour on prime time and 18 acts per hour on sthe9i
"THE EVIDENCE accumulated in the 1970s seems children's weekend programs." The 94-page report, "Television and Behavior: Ten
overwhelming that televised violence and aggression Among the studies cited in the report was a 1978 Years of Scientific Progress and Implications for the
are positively related in children," the institute said. CBS-funded study that found "teenage boys in Lon- Eighties," was based on a two-year review of hun-
The report said a five-year study of 732 children don, according to their own accounts of their ac- deds of research studies.




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