Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John


School children; Violence on television


Educational Psychology


The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of viewing television violence on children. It was hypothesized that children who watch more than 3 to 4 hours of television daily, and who are exposed to inherently violent television programming in which physical and/or verbal confrontations and actions are commonplace, will be more likely than other peers to have received disciplinary referrals.

The study took place within an urban middle school serving children grades 6 through 8. A sample of 52 students was randomly selected, consisting of some students who had and some who had not received disciplinary referrals. A researcher-developed survey was used to collect data. Correlational analysis was used to test the hypothesis.

Findings partially supported the hypothesis: television-watching hours was positively correlated with disciplinary referrals; action and adventure content was not significantly correlated with disciplinary referrals; fighting was not significantly correlated with disciplinary referrals; and there was a significant correlation between the number of disciplinary referrals and the age of subject, with stronger correlations than between referrals and hours of television watching.