Australian Council on Children and the Media

Australian researchers have contributed to a seven nation study of the impacts of media violence on youth April 10, 2017

The study, just published online in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, used the same research methodology in each of Australia, China, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Romania, and the US.

It found that

  • violent media use was positively and significantly related to aggressive behaviour in all 7 countries
  • media violence impacts were similar in magnitude in these countries
  • the mechanisms through which media violence may influence behaviour are similar across cultures
  • the impact of media violence on levels of aggression is similar in magnitude to the impact of other known risk factors for aggression

Read the full ACCM media release