The Effects of Childhood Aggression and Exposure to Media Violence on Adult Behaviors, Attitudes, and Mood: Evidence From a 15-Year Cross National Longitudinal Study

Organizer: L. Rowell Huesmann
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

In this symposium we provide evidence on the long-term consequences of childhood aggression and media violence viewing on adult behavior, attitudes, and mood from four parallel 15-year longitudinal studies conducted in the USA, Finland, Poland, and Israel between the late 1970s and the early 1990s. The results vary across the countries, but they clearly reveal the adult aggression, beliefs about aggression, political attitudes, and moods are influenced by early childhood factors related to aggression including exposure to media violence.

The prediction of young adult aggression in the 1990s from childhood exposure to violence in the 1970s: Gender differences and moderating factors for USA youth 
L. Rowell Huesmann and Jessica F. Moise (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) 
Cheryl-Lynn Podolski (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI) 
Leonard D. Eron (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) 

Cross-sectional and longitudinal connections between exposure to TV viewing and aggressive behavior
Vappu Viemerö, and Runar Olafsen (Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland) 
Kirsti Lagerspetz (University of Turku, Turku, Finland) 

Political attitudes of Kibbutz- and city-raised young Israeli adults: The effects of exposure to violence in childhood and socialization on adult behaviors and attitudes
Simha Landau (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel) 
Riva Bachrach (Beit Berl University, Kefar Sava, Israel) 

TV violence viewing and aggression in childhood versus psychosocial functioning in young adults
Adam Fraczek (University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland) 
Dorota Lubanska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) 
Marek Zwolinski (Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw, Poland)