Many studies have explored the relationship between kids’ exposure to media violence and harmful health effects, but there has been little research into whether these effects tend to differ depending on the viewer’s gender or race.
A study published in September’s Perspectives on Psychological Science brings some new evidence to the table. Researchers found that, among elementary-school-aged White males and females and African-American females, those who watched more violent TV programming tended to do less well in school and to be more aggressive than those who watched less.
African-American males, however, seemed to have a different relationship to violent television: Those who watched more of it did not tend to do less well in school or display more aggression than those who watched less. These results may suggest that TV plays a different role in the lives of African-American males than it does for members of the other three groups. Researchers call for additional study in this area.