The difference in motivation behind aggressive behaviour has led researchers to explore whether aggression in youths and subsequently adults, is a result of the increasing violence shown in the media, the situational circumstances one is in or if there are physiological factors such as personality that determine how aggressive one is. In the early 1950s horror comics were criticised and linked to juvenile delinquency.
Since then television as well as video and computer games have been accused of undermining moral values and cultivating a more violent and criminally oriented social climate (Gunter, 1994).
It is often thought that the increase in juvenile crime can be attributed to violence in the media.
Do you agree that this is the main cause of juvenile crime?
Television and movies: The concern surrounding movies, television and their effects on the youth watching them stem from the social learning theory of imitation (Leyens, Herman and Dunand 1984).
In 1961 Albert Bandura conducted an experiment measuring levels of aggression in children (1961). Status, deviance, and sanctions: A critical review. Some people think that regardless of age, teenagers who commit major crimes should receive adult punishment. Many crimes are often related to the consumption of alcohol.Some people think that the best way to reduce the crime rate is to ban alcohol.What solutions can you offer to deal with this situation?In some societies, the number of crimes committed by teenagers is growing.The results supported the theory that aggression increased in the individual while engaging in violent video games as there was an increase in physiological arousal (heart rate) and the responses to the story stems increased in aggression significantly between baseline to the time interval.The study found that the GAM offered an adequate explanation of the short-term effects of video games (Bartlett et al.) Although this particular study was conducted on participants with an average age of 19 (1 year older than what is recognised as being juvenile), the GAM suggests the desensitisation would have occurred in previous exposures to stimuli, while they were juveniles and the high internal validity does not suggest that findings would significantly differ if participants were 18.Do you think this is an effective measure against crime? Some people think that the government should be responsible for crime prevention, while others believe that it is the responsibility of the individual to protect themselves. Abstract: This paper explores primarily the social factors but also psychological factors such as personality and intelligence that impact on youth delinquency.It has been found that the media increases aggression in youths and that socio-economic status along with peer relations, education and parenting neglect can increase the probability of juveniles engaging in delinquent behaviour.Two theories of personality and intelligence are looked at which show that psychological factors may also contribute to juvenile delinquency.