A Contribution Beyond Controversy

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 807–809. Reviews the book, Growing Up To Be Violent: A Longitudinal Study of the Development of Aggression by Monroe M. Lefkowitz, Leonard D. Eron, Leopold O. Walder, and L. Rowell Huesmann (see record 1978-03162-000). The factors responsible for aggressive behavior in humans have long fascinated social scientists. The present authors offer an enviable achievement in the further understanding of the correlates and antecedents among children and adolescents of this often unwelcome phenomenon–a study rich in findings that is at once controversial yet remains of compelling interest and value even should one reject their principal conclusion. The authors blame television for the violence of children. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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