Author(s)

Elizabeth Ealer

Date Approved

6-12-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Gary, Alison

Subject(s)

Video games;Sexual animosity

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate the link between short-term violent video game play and engagement in sexually aggressive behaviors. In this study, participants were randomly assigned to play 15 minutes of Grand Theft Auto (experimental group) or Tetris Evolution (control group) on an Xbox. After game play, participants engaged in a joke telling paradigm, in which participants were given 10 sexually aggressive jokes, and were instructed to tell between 0-10 of the jokes to a female confederate. The number of jokes told is related to sexually aggressive behaviors outside of the laboratory. The researchers of this study did find a significant interaction between hostile masculinity and video game condition on the number of jokes told, which asserts that if men have high levels of hostile masculinity traits and play violent video games, they may be more at risk for sexually aggressive behaviors.

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