The Negative Effects Of Violence On Children And Youth

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Register to read the introduction… It seems they are almost hypnotized when staring into the screen. They see violence associated with revenge, villainy or even justice and affiliate this with their daily lives. There have been many experiments to prove that violence on television has a range of immediate negative effects on children and youth. In 1963, A Bandura, D Ross and S. Ross studied the effects of exposure to real world violence, TV violence and cartoon violence. They divided one hundred preschoolers into four different groups. Twenty five watched a real person shouting insults at a doll while hitting it with a mallet, twenty five witnessed it on TV, twenty five watched a cartoon version and another twenty five watched nothing. When a frustrating situation was presented to the first three groups they responded with more aggression than the group that watched nothing. The group that watched nothing was not aggressive (Centerwall, 2006).Proving that, children immediately copy what they see on television, as they look up to the characters on television as role models. They are immediately being …show more content…
This form of art is intended to allow individuals to express their feelings and show their emotions. On the contrary, what they do not realize is that listening to violent music, has a lasting negative impact on their brain, which has increased dramatically over the years. David Merril, a student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology set up an experiment to see how music would affect the ability of mice to learn new skills. One group of mice listened to classical music from the 90’s and the other heavy metal hits from the last five years. The mice were timed as they went through the maze listening music. He did this to determine if music affected the speed of their learning. Unfortunately, the experiment had to stop because the mice listening to the modern day rock music had all become homicidal. They killed and cannibalized each other. He conducted another experiment with a different set of mice. One set of mice listened to Mozart for ten hours and they showed a significant improvement in their ability to solve the maze. The other set that listened to top ten hits from February 2006 became worse at the maze then they were in the beginning of the experiment (Psych Futures, 2010). This shows that the music that is listened to has a tremendous impact on the mood and creative capacity of individuals. Listening to very violent music or those with negative messages, leads to a very high level of aggression and a loss in the ability to focus as well as a decrease in creativity. On the contrary, listening to soft and slow music which does not contain subliminal messages or violence enhances cognitive ability and decreases aggression. In another study, James Gundlach, a sociology professor from Auburn University found that the highest rates of suicide were

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