It is nearly Valentine ’s Day and people are off on their annual ritual of reasserting their eternal love to their one true love. The bright side of a romantic relationship is fine and dandy, but I could not find anything scholarly and recent between videogames and interpersonal romance aside for some quite interesting stories of people celebrating Valentine’s Day with their virtual loved ones. The other side of romance is dating violence and February is the National Teen Dating Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. The closest piece of knowledge regarding dating violence and videogames is from Christopher J. Ferguson and colleagues (Texas A & M University), which is published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.
Background: In 2011 the field of video game violence experienced serious reversals with repudiations of the current research by the US Supreme Court and the Australian Government as non-compelling and fundamentally flawed. Scholars too have been calling for higher quality research on this issue. The current study seeks to answer this call by providing longitudinal data on youth aggression and dating violence as potential consequences of violent video game exposure using well-validated clinical outcome measures and controlling for other relevant predictors of youth aggression.
Method: A sample of 165, mainly Hispanic youth, were tested at 3 intervals, an initial interview, and 1- year and 3-year intervals.
Results: Results indicated that exposure to video game violence was not related to any of the negative outcomes. Depression, antisocial personality traits, exposure to family violence and peer influences were the best predictors of aggression-related outcomes.
Interpretation: The current study supports a growing body of evidence pointing away from video game violence use as a predictor of youth aggression. Public policy efforts, including funding, would best be served by redirecting them toward other prevention programs for youth violence.
The Jennifer Ann’s group is a great resource on dating violence including videogames helping you to identify signs of dating abuse. Continue reading