Violent Video Games May Increase Aggression in Kids after all

Posted on April 1, 2014

Violent video games really do boost aggressive behavior in children, according to a new study.

Even after accounting for parental involvement, gender, age and other factors, psychologists at Iowa State University, Ames, linked habitually playing violent video games appears to increased aggression in children.

The latest study involved 3,034 children and adolescents living in Singapore over three years. Participants were asked to report their gaming habits, aggressive behavior, aggressive cognition (aggressive fantasies, beliefs about aggression, and attaching reasons of hostility to vague provocations) and empathy.

The findings revealed that children who frequently play violent video games are more likely to report experiencing long-term aggressive behavior through increases in aggressive cognition.

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Category(s):Aggression & Violence, Child Development

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