During the past several decades, the topic regarding the influence of TV violence on viewers’ aggression has inspired a great number of studies. The weight of the evidence so far supports that exposure to TV violence promotes aggression. However, relatively less information about this topic has been obtained from subjects in Asian developing countries. This study was aimed at examining whether watching violent cartoons was significantly associated with aggression among Taiwanese children.
A convenience sample of Taiwanese students (grades 3 to 6) were surveyed in 1991. Data regarding subjects’ cartoon violence viewing, perceived reality of cartoon violence, identification with characters, peer aggressiveness, parental punishment, parental conflicts, and some individual characteristics were collected from the subjects with self-report. The analyses were based on the data supplied by 776 students. About 48% of the subjects lived in an urban area, while the rest in a rural area. Boys constituted about 48% of the subjects.
The results of multiple regression analyses revealed that exposure to violent cartoons significantly increased the chance that subjects in the rural area were nominated by classmates and teachers as being more aggressive in school. The more cartoon violence rural subjects watched, the more aggressive were they in school. The hypothesis of this study was partially supported. This suggests that watching violent cartoons might have negative impact on some Taiwanese children.