Pow! Boom! Kablam! Effects of Viewing Superhero Programs on Aggressive, Prosocial, and Defending Behaviors in Preschool Children
Media, Superheroes, Physical aggression, Relational aggression, Prosocial behavior, Defending behaviors, Bullying
Many schools and parents try to motivate children to become defenders of victimized peers. Defending behavior is common in the media (particularly in superhero programs); however, no study has examined the effect of media on defending behavior. The aim of the study was to examine longitudinal associations between superhero engagement and a variety of aggressive, prosocial, and defending behaviors in preschool children. Participants consisted of 240 preschoolers (49% male) and their parents who reported on child media use and outcomes at 2 different time points. Preschooler’s engagement with superheroes was related to increased physical and relational aggression 1 year later. Engagement with superheroes was not related to prosocial or defending behaviors. Implications of the results are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Coyne, S. M., Stockdale, L., Linder, J. R., Nelson, D. A., *Collier, K. M., & *Essig, L. W. (2017). Pow! Boom! Kablam! Effects of viewing superhero programs on aggressive, prosocial, and defending behaviors in preschool children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 1523-1535.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Coyne, Sarah; Stockdale, Laura Ann; Linder, Jennifer Rue; Nelson, David A.; Collier, Kevin M.; and Essig, Lee W., "Pow! Boom! Kablam! Effects of Viewing Superhero Programs on Aggressive, Prosocial, and Defending Behaviors in Preschool Children" (2017). All Faculty Publications. 2295.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
# Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017