European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 205-211

First online:

Does Media Violence Cause Violent Crime?

  • Sarah M. CoyneAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire Email author 

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Over the past 60 years, hundreds of studies have shown that viewing violence in the media can influence aggressive behaviour. However, the vast majority of these studies are laboratory based, and tell us little about how media violence influences real criminal behaviour. This paper reviews research involving crime statistics, offender populations, and longitudinal studies to evaluate the claim that such a link exists. When integrated with other long-term studies on the development of crime, it is concluded that the link between media violence and crime is weak after other environmental factors are taken into account.


Crime Media Television Violence Aggression