Television violence, conflict, realism, and action: A study in viewer liking.
Diener, E., & Woody, L. W. (1981). Television violence, conflict, realism, and action: A study in viewer liking. Communications Research, 8(3), 281-306.
In three studies. the liking for various types of television content within adventure programs was examined In studies one and two. measures of college students' personalities were used to predict liking for program content varying on four dimensions: violence, action, realism! and conflict. In study three, families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds were shown adventure shows that were high or low in violence andmatched on other content dimensions. The findings from these studies suggest that the average viewer somewhat dislikes the typical violence portrayed in adven- ture shows; however, conflict seems to enhance liking for adventure shows.
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