Title

Parental mediation of US youths’ exposure to televised relational aggression

Keywords

Parental mediation, children, relational aggression, television, media effects

Abstract

Exposure to televised relational aggression can negatively influence youths’ well-being. Research shows that parent–child interactions about media – parental mediation – can alter children’s responses to media exposure. Therefore, this study explored the relation between US parents’ perceptions of relational aggression in the media, parental mediation, and the responses of their pre-adolescent and adolescent children to relational aggression exposure. Results revealed that parents’ attitudes toward and perceptions of the amount of relational aggression on television were associated with parental mediation efforts. Parental mediation was positively associated with relational aggression among girls. Findings suggest that parental mediation may be related to an increase in relational aggression among pre-teen and teenage girls.

Original Publication Citation

Rasmussen, E. E., Coyne, S. M., Martins, N., & *Densley, R. L. (in press). Parental mediation of US youths’ exposure to televised relational aggression. Journal of Children and Media.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-11-13

Publisher

Journal of Children and Media

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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