Last updated: June 13, 2019
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TV Watch and Youth Crime


The Research Problem

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The crimes the youth watch on TV affect their ideas about crime in the real world and the rate of committing crimes among the youth is on increase due to increased exposure to violent TV shows.

From the statistics produced by various bodies especially the investigating ones, the number of youth arrested due to various offences ranging from robberies, assaults and murder is on increase. These heinous acts are done due to increased media violence which is exposed to idle youth and this is cited as a primary cause in a sharp rise in violent crime by young people.

According to Charles Dunn, a director of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the SBI statistics for 1986-1991 showed a doubling in the number of murders committed by youth under the age of 18, whereas the arrests for robberies and weapons violations tripled over the five-year period. The figures show a lack of sensitivity among children in our society that causes them to hurt and even kill for small reasons. Often they resort to guns to settle arguments. Dunn accredited the rise to too much violent TV shows, children maturing very fast, and the collapse of families where there is no responsibility at all and other caring systems (New Citizen 1992 Vol. 1 No. 2)

This study seeks to establish why most of the youth resort to watching such violent TV shows and what cause them to use such violent ways as those used in these violent TV shows by the actors either to confront a person who has offended another or to acquire something by force. It is from the opinions spoken by the youth generation that conclusions can be made and thereafter measures taken to stop the cause of such inhumane acts and help stabilize the security of a nation.

The independent variable: Age of youth.

The dependent variable: Rate of crime.

Research Hypothesis: The irresponsibility of parents coupled with unemployment among young people contributes to youth crime.


Proposed Methodology

The youth will be selected from various parts of the town and be administered with questionnaires by the researcher to respond to questions with multiple choices to avoid biases. These are normally incurred by the respondents while answering the questions due to difficultness or lack of enough knowledge. Random sampling technique will be used in the selection of the youth to be administered with the questionnaires and the size of youth selected will depend on the available resources. Others will be orally interviewed.

Qualitative and quantitative methods will be used in analysis and evaluation of the data obtained. Qualitative method will be used while carrying out oral interviews in the field to determine the accuracy of the data obtained by carrying out literature review in psychology-related books to understand how human brain matures in the prevailing environment from childhood to maturity.

Quantitative one will involve making inference from the obtained data. That is it will basically involve calculations such as the number of youth who accept that crime increase among the young people is due to too much exposure to violent TV shows.


The Annotated Bibliography

The New Citizen. Youth Crime in N.C. linked to media violence.

Promoting Citizenship In The Age of Mass Media. Fall 1992, Vol. 1, No. 2

This commentary gives vital information on why young people opt to watch violent TV shows and what pushes them to use such violent means of satisfying their wants. This is the work done by investigating bodies such as SBI which shows that the primary cause of crime among the youth is due to exposure to violent TV shows.


Youth Scan, Feb. 2008. Developing a Dynamic, Inter-connected and Independent Youth Sector and Fostering World-ready Youth.

This citation shows the role played parents in nurturing their children. This gives the responsibility of parents a priority in upbringing their children. That is if the parent is not careful when the child is in early stages of growth will have t pay a price if he or she don’t guide the child in later stages of life.


Brian, Barrie & McAleer. 1995. TV Watch and Children: Programme Assessment, Understanding and Impact.

The book is published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Hillsdale, New Jersey Hove and London.

T his book evaluates the Programmes showed on TV and the impacts they contribute to young people who are mostly carried away by emotions and what they view. It presents situations which are faced by young people as a result of exposure to TV shows such as violent movies. This is on page number iii.


Joyce, Kenneth & Robert. 1992. Television and the Exceptional Child: A Forgotten Audience.

The book is published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Hillsdale, New Jersey Hove and London.

This book provides a direction on the programmes that can be watched by children while restricting them on bad ones. It is a book that can enable parents to upbring their children in a respectable way. In other words it is corrective book to the spoilt children and reminds parents of their responsibility to act to avoid adverse consequences thereafter. It is on page number v.


Judith, V. 1990. Television and Child Development.

The book is published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Hillsdale, New Jersey Hove and London.

The book presents how the child gets spoilt from the early stages due to exposure to violent TV programmes up to late childhood and how the brain and in general the ideas of the child changes about the happenings of the real world.











The New Citizen (1992): Youth Crime in N.C. linked to media violence.

Promoting Citizenship In The Age of Mass Media. Vol. 1, No. 2.

Youth Scan (2008): Developing a Vibrant, Highly-connected and Self-sustaining Youth Sector and Nurturing World-ready Youth.

Brian, Barrie & McAleer (1995): Television and Children: Program Evaluation, Comprehension, and Impact.

Judith, V. (1990): Television and Child Development.

Joyce, Kenneth & Robert (1992): Television and the Exceptional Child: A Forgotten Audience.