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Coyne, Sarah M., et al. "Pow! Boom! Kablam! Effects of viewing superhero programs on aggressive, prosocial, and defending behaviors in preschool children." Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (2017): 1–13. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1007/s10802-016-0253-6
BibTeX citation key: Coyne2017
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Categories: General
Keywords: Adaptation, Empirical research, Media effects, Superhero, TV, USA, Violence
Creators: Collier, Coyne, Essig, Linder, Nelson, Stockdale
Collection: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
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Abstract
Many schools and parents try to motivate children to become defenders of victimized peers. Defending behavior is common in the media (particularly in superhero programs); however, no study has examined the effect of media on defending behavior. The aim of the study was to examine longitudinal associations between superhero engagement and a variety of aggressive, prosocial, and defending behaviors in preschool children. Participants consisted of 240 preschoolers (49% male) and their parents who reported on child media use and outcomes at 2 different time points. Preschooler’s engagement with superheroes was related to increased physical and relational aggression 1 year later. Engagement with superheroes was not related to prosocial or defending behaviors. Implications of the results are discussed.
  
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