Do Video Games Encourage Violent Behavior? Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Do Video Games Encourage Violent Behavior?
A discussion on whether or not video games encourage violent behavior.
# 148463 | 2,160 words | 10 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2011 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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The paper presents the background of the controversy and looks at the various arguments on whether video games are responsible for violent behavior and aggression. This paper supports the arguments that violent video games do indeed cause violent behavior.

Video Game and Societal Violence Overview
Video Games Do Encourage Violent Behavior
Video Games Do Not Encourage Violent Behavior

From the Paper:

"Dr. Craig Anderson is a Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University. He has studied human behavior for more than a quarter of a century. His first publication concerning video game violence was published in 1987. The American Psychological Association was also slate to publish a new piece of research on video games in violence, at the time of the speaking of his opinion, on the topic at hand (Alexander & Hanson, 2007). Anderson begins his explanation of his opinion with a review of the facts and relevance of television and movie violence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alexander, A. & Hanson, J. (2007). Taking sides clashing views in mass media and society, 9th Edition. McGraw Hill: Dubuque, IA.
  • Collier, J., Liddel, P., & Liddel, G. (Spring 2008). Exposure to violent video games to children and public policy implications. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 27(1). Retrieved April 30, 2009, from Business Source Complete.
  • Dill, K. & Thill, K. (Dec 2007). Video game characters and the socialization of gender roles. Sex Roles, 57(11/12). Retrieved April 30, 2009, from MasterFILE Premier.
  • Ferguson, C. (Dec 2007). The good, the bad and the ugly. A meta-analytic review of positive and negative effects of violent video games. Psychiatric Quarterly, 78(4). Retrieved April 30, 2009, from Academic Search Complete.
  • - - -. (Jan-Jun 2008). The school shooting/violent video game link. Journal of Investigative Psychology & Offender Profiling, 5(1/2). Retrieved April 30, 2009, from SOCIndex.

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