Research Proposal Essay

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Research Proposal
Tracy Edmondson
PSYCH/610
December 7, 2015
Janice McMurray

Research Proposal I. Introduction A. Different people think differently when someone mentions media violence. In addition to the differing opinions where media violence is concerned, there may also be little consensus when the topic of aggressive behavior comes up, especially when referring to preschool-aged children. Imaginably, if there is such variance of opinion on these two topics, there must also be even more discrepancy on the cause of physical and social aggression in very young children, and whether or not early exposure to media violence is a predictor of aggression in early childhood. Many studies have linked early exposure to
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Hypothesis A. If preschool-aged children regularly or frequently watch episodes of two very popular, child-targeted television shows, i.e. Sponge Bob Squarepants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then they will show subsequent signs of social and physical aggressiveness. V. Research questions A. How do preschool children behave before watching socially and physically violent media compared to after viewing it? B. Are preschool children highly attracted to Sponge Bob Squarepants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? C. Is the content of these media age-appropriate for preschool children? D. Using a control group and an experimental group, is there a notable difference when preschool children watch violent media compared to non-violent media. VI. Methods A. Participants – 24 preschool-aged children ranging in ages from three to five (two groups of 12) B. Procedures – Two groups classic experimental versus control group, randomly assigned C. Materials – Materials used will include various episodes of the television shows, Sponge Bob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Mickey Mouse Club. D. Instruments – Researchers will use an observation form, observe and record each act of aggression, whether social or physical, and rate it for severity on a scale of one to five. E. Statistical tests for data analysis – Quantitative analysis will be used to report socially aggressive and physically

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