Research: Children Exposed to Violent Games Retain Aggressive Thoughts and Behavior

New research coming out of Iowa State University (can you guess where this is going to go?) suggests that children who play violent video games will have more aggressive behavior and keep aggressive thoughts regardless of age, gender or parental involvement.

The research results are based on a three-year longitudinal panel study that surveyed (on an annual basis) 3,034 children and adolescents from 6 primary and 6 secondary schools in Singapore. The study notes that the beginning of the survey period participants were in the third, fourth, seventh, and eighth grades.

The study results showed the "effects of violent video game play are mediated primarily by aggressive cognitions" and that this effect is "not moderated by sex, prior aggressiveness, or parental monitoring and is only slightly moderated by age, as younger children had a larger increase in initial aggressive cognition related to initial violent game play at the beginning of the study than older children."

You can check out the study, "Mediators and Moderators of Long-term Effects of Violent Video Games on Aggressive Behavior Practice, Thinking, and Action," here. It is yet another study  involving Douglas A. Gentile and Craig A. Anderson, which means it comes to the usual conclusion of studies conducted by these gentlemen: that games are bad for children and turn them into monsters. The study was recently published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Source: CBS Detroit

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    Avalongod says:

    This study actually came out a few weeks ago and already got pretty roundly criticized by other researchers (see the Livescience article). Among other things, it's not even new data, just another publication from the same Singapore data they've used before.  What's weird, actually, is that they seem to measure violent video game exposure different in this study than in past studies…from the same data.  That looks a lot like fishing for results…

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    BearDogg-X says:

    Biased "researchers" still butthurt over their crappy research being rejected by SCOTUS majority release another BS study filled with confirmation bias to justify their opinions. In other news, water is wet.

    Seriously, Gentile, Anderson, and Bushman should step aside.

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