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Research Post #6: An article about other articles

For this post I will be discussing an academic article entitled The Public Health Risks of Media Violence: A Meta-Analytic Review. This article examined 25 studies that took place between the years of 1998 and 2008 and attempted to verify their validity as a supporting piece of evidence for either side of the media violence question. The authors looked at publication bias and methodological problems for the field as possibilities for areas where issues would arise. The article found that both of these were issues which inflated effect size (that is media violence causing violent behavior). The authors took the liberty of adjusting to make up for the errors in research and found that there was little to no effect that media violence had on violent behavior.

This source will be a good resource when I am discussing findings of other articles that I find. The authors are credible (the article is posted on the Texas A&M website and also in The Journal of Pediatrics) and do not have a biased reason for publishing this article. I will also use their source list to find other sources that will help me analyze this relationship further.


Ferguson, Christopher J., and John Kilburn. “The Public Health Risks of Media Violence: A Meta-Analytic Review.” The Journal of Pediatrics 154.5 (2009): 759-63. Print.



2 thoughts on “Research Post #6: An article about other articles

  1. I also have been reading a lot in the articles that I have been finding on gaming in education that involve the “negative” effects of video games. Personally I see no correlation between video games and violent behavior, isolation, poor academic performance, etc. Interestingly, in all of the articles that have mentioned this, it has been found that all of the research that they have done to try to prove that there is a negative connection between video games and some aspects of life has been inconclusive or inconsistant. They have yet to really find any strong evidence that suggests that video games have a negative impact.

    Posted by sierrasu | June 27, 2013, 6:39 pm
    • I obviously have found the same thing in my research. The most conclusive thing I have found is that the release of violent video games actually keeps criminals off the streets. The closest thing I have found to video games having a negative effect on anything really was one study that stated college students whose roommates have game systems spend less time studying and more time playing, which hurts their GPA. In my opinion, this is hardly ground breaking or note worthy at all. In fact I’d say thats common sense. So take what you will from that.

      Posted by Ben Tarhan | June 27, 2013, 9:57 pm

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