Adolescents, Crime, and the Media

A Critical Analysis

  • Christopher J. Ferguson

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Media Depictions of Crime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 3-16
    3. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 17-30
    4. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 31-49
    5. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 51-67
    6. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 69-80
  3. Research on Media as a Cause of Crime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 83-103
    3. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 105-126
    4. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 127-139
    5. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 141-158
    6. Christopher J. Ferguson
      Pages 159-170
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 171-175

About this book

Introduction

A campus shooting. A gang assault. A school bus ambush. With each successive event, fingers are pointed at the usual suspects: violent films, bloody video games, explicit web sites. But to what extent can—or should—the media be implicated in youth crime? And are today's sophisticated young people really that susceptible to their influence?

Adolescents, Crime, and the Media critically examines perceptions of these phenomena through the lens of the ongoing relationship between generations of adults and youth. A wealth of research findings transcends the standard nature/nurture debate, analyzing media effects on young people's behavior, brain development in adolescence, ways adults can be misled about youth’s participation in criminal acts, and how science can be manipulated by prevailing attitudes toward youth. The author strikes a necessary balance between the viewpoints of media providers and those seeking to restrict media or young people's access to them. And the book brings scientific and intellectual rigor to culturally and politically charged issues as it covers:

  • Violence in the media.
  • Media portrayals of crime and youth.
  • Research on violent television programs, video games, and other media as causes of crime.
  • Effects of pornography on behavior.
  • Public policy, censorship, and First Amendment issues.

Adolescents, Crime, and the Media is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, professionals, and clinicians across such interrelated disciplines as developmental psychology, sociology, educational policy, criminology/criminal justice, child and school psychology, and media law.

Keywords

Adolescents and crime Adolescents and media Adolescents and movie violence Adolescents and television violence First amendment, public policy, and censorship Juvenile delinquency Juvephobia Media and crime Pornography and youth crime The “CSI Effect” Video games and youth violence Youth homicide Youth violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Christopher J. Ferguson
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Behavioral SciencesTexas A&M International UniversityLaredoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6741-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6740-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6741-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-089X
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-0903
  • About this book