In 1978, Gerbner, Gross, Jackson-Beeck, Jeffries-Fox, and Signorielli defined violence as ” The overt expression of physical force (with or without weapon) against self or other, compelling action against one’s will on pain of being hurt or killed, or actually hurting or killing. Must be plausible and credible; no idle threats, verbal abuse, or comic gestures with no credible violent consequences. May be intentional or accidental; violent accidents, catastrophes, acts of nature are included.”
For this assignment, you will watch three television shows and analyze them for verbal and physical violence portrayed in the show. Use the attached document “Content Analysis,” to complete the first part of the assignment.
PSY 452 – Experimental Psychology
Content Analysis Instructions
To better understand the concept of non-experimental designs, be sure to read all the assigned readings for this Topic before beginning the assignment:
1. For this assignment, you will watch three television shows from the genres listed below and analyze them for verbal and physical violence portrayed in the show. Choose a show that fits the following genres:
a. Situation comedy
1. On the Tally Sheet template below, tally the number of times you see a mode of aggression on the selected program.
a. Rate the overall violence using a 5-point scale from 1 (not at all violent) to 5 (extremely violent).
2. Collapse your data within each program category.
3. Determine the average number of acts per program hour for each mode of aggression.
4. Determine the average violence for each program and compare the prominent modes of aggression across the programs.
Length in Minutes
Number of Acts involving:
1. Violence to Body
2. Use of Weapon
3. Physical Threat
4. Verbal Threat
5. Sarcasm or Symbolism
Total number of Aggressive Acts
Overall Violence Rate:
1 (none) to 5 (extremely violent)