The effects of playing violent video games on adolescents : should parents be quaking in their boots?

Unsworth, Gabrielle, Devilly, Grant J. and Ward, Tony 2007, The effects of playing violent video games on adolescents : should parents be quaking in their boots?, Psychology, crime and law, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 383-394, doi: 10.1080/10683160601060655.

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Title The effects of playing violent video games on adolescents : should parents be quaking in their boots?
Author(s) Unsworth, Gabrielle
Devilly, Grant J.
Ward, Tony
Journal name Psychology, crime and law
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Start page 383
End page 394
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-08
ISSN 1068-316X
Keyword(s) video games
Summary Debate regarding the psychological and behavioural effects of playing violent video games has recently led to claims that violent video games increase aggression effects in adolescents, and that this issue has now been settled. However, other researchers have found either no detrimental effects from game playing or even positive (cathartic) effects. In this research we demonstrate that these different conclusions are not mutually exclusive and can be explained by the method of assessment and analytic techniques utilised. We had adolescents play a violent video game (Quake II) and took measurements of anger both before, during and after game play. The results demonstrated that some people increase, some decrease and the majority show no change in anger ratings. Unlike past research, we also demonstrate that these changes are mediated by the player's feelings immediately prior to game play and a labile temperament - one predisposed to aggression - and that these variables predict people's reactions with an average 73% concordance rate.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10683160601060655
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Taylor & Francis
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