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Children, Youths and Mediated Violence: A Reflective Evaluation of Some Selected Theoretical Models.

Ekeanyanwu, N. T. and Peter, Ada (2015) Children, Youths and Mediated Violence: A Reflective Evaluation of Some Selected Theoretical Models. The Nigerian Journal of Communication, 12 (1). pp. 50-71.

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Mediated violence especially as it affects children or the youths, has continued to benefit from scholarly attention in the area of research and theoretical explication. However, some of the research outcomes and theories show flawed arguments under serious theoretical interrogation. This paper uses a reflective analysis to interrogate further some of these theories and argues that they require a reassessment based on current thinking that the mass media alone could not cause violent effects to happen to children and the youths. In order words, media effects are not always direct, potent and particular in causing significant effects on an individual or the entire society. There are always combination of factors that cause changes in audience behaviours and perception arising from the exposure to media stimuli, in this case, media violence. Theoretical models like Individual Differences perspective, Uses and Gratification theory, and the other selective processes further support this thesis. The paper concludes that current studies on mediated violence and the use of theoretical frameworks must reflect the realistic position/actual conclusions rather than idealistic or impracticable ideas that are best sophistry

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mediated violence, Children, Youths, Theoretical framework, Media effects
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2017 08:40
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 08:40

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