The role of attention problems and impulsiveness in media violence effects on aggression
Article first published online: 22 JAN 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 197–203, May/June 2014
How to Cite
Swing, E. L. and Anderson, C. A. (2014), The role of attention problems and impulsiveness in media violence effects on aggression. Aggr. Behav., 40: 197–203. doi: 10.1002/ab.21519
- Issue published online: 4 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 22 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 10 OCT 2011
- media violence;
- attention problems;
Previous research has established media violence as a causal risk factor for aggressive behavior. Several theoretical mechanisms have been identified to explain this effect. The present study assessed 422 undergraduate students to test the possibility that individual differences in attention problems and impulsiveness can help explain the link between violent media and aggression. Attention problems and impulsiveness proved to be a distinct construct from other processes believed to mediate aggression (aggressive beliefs, aggression related schemata, trait anger, and trait hostility). Attention problems and impulsiveness were uniquely related to both media exposure (total weekly hours and violent content) and aggression. Attention problems and impulsiveness were particularly related to impulsive (as opposed to premeditated) aggression. These results suggest that attention problems and impulsiveness may play an important role in violent media effects on aggression. Aggr. Behav. 40:197–203, 2014. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.