With the rise in popularity of video games, it is necessary to understand how this medium affects the attitudes and behaviors of the players. Bystander intervention is one area that could be affected by viewing violent video games and was chosen as the dependent variable of this study. In this study, 199 participants were shown a violent video game, a nonviolent video game, or no video game. They were then asked to read a vignette and answer questions involving bystander intervention. It was hypothesized that exposure to violent video games would lessen a person’s willingness to intervene. Other factors, such as gender, video game obsession, and frequency of video game play, were also examined. This study found one significant interaction between exposure to violent video games and a history of video game obsession on willingness to intervene. Overall, this study helps to expand the growing literature for both of video games and bystander intervention.
|Commitee:||Breaux, Brooke, Sandoz, Emily|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Social psychology|
|Keywords:||Bystander intervention, Sexual violence, Video games|
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