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Volume 40, Issue 2 (Jun 2015)


Violent audiovisual content and social consequences: The moderating role of aggression in adolescents

Gaspar Brändle
  • Department of Sociology and Social Work, Universidad de Murcia, Campus Espinardo 30100, Murcia, Spain
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/ Miguel Angel M. Cardaba
  • Department of Communications, Villanueva Centro Universitario, Calle Costa Brava 2, 28034, Madrid, Spain
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/ Reynaldo G. Rivera
  • Via Torquato Taramelli 14 int.2, 00197, Rome, Italy
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Published Online: 2015-06-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2015-0004


Numerous studies have linked the consumption of violent audiovisual content to the increase of aggressive cognitions and behaviors. This research aims to clarify whether the possible harmful consequences of violent videogames might vary depending on an individual variable such as trait aggressiveness. A correlational study was carried out among 6,130 teenagers (average age of 13.8 years) from two European countries, in which it became evident, by means of multiple regression analyses, that there was a positive correlation between the use of violent videogames and aggressive behavioral intentions. More relevantly, these correlations were greater amongst those subjects with higher scores on the Aggression Scale. Finally, when analyzing the subjective experiences of users of violent videogames, the more aggressive individuals manifested a greater desire to imitate the characters of the interactive content, admitting that they ended up more agitated even when their initial objective was to relieve tension or relax. Practical and theoretical implications (e.g., Catharsis theory) of those results are discussed.

Keywords: audiovisual content; violent videogames; aggression; adolescents; catharsis

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Published Online: 2015-06-02

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Citation Information: Communications, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2015-0004. Export Citation

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