The paper 'Effects of Media Violence on Children' is a worthy example of a research proposal on psychology.
Media is a powerful medium in influencing the behaviors of people. Children nowadays are exposed to the influence of media from television to the internet. Parents rely on television or computer games to entertain their children while they do their regular household chores. They even make it an incentive for their children when they do well in school or behave well at home such as giving them gifts for computer games or extending their television hours. Thus, children spend more time in front of media facilities in a day than any other activity.
The problem with today’s media is the prevalence of the use of violent actions or languages that can have an effect on the behavior and perception of children on how they should act with others. Many are concerned particularly with its impact on aggressive behaviors (Freedman, n.d.) of children towards other people like their parents and peers. They might think that it is alright to act violently towards another person since they easily see it being done through media presentations.
I see various media presentations that are accessible to children. I am compelled to know what exactly the effects of media violence on children are. This question is the main problem that I want to resolve through valid and verified information and not just opinions are given by people. Thus, I am planning to use the following research strategy to resolve this problem.
Information needs, sources and used to resolve the problem
The following information is needed to resolve the issue of what are the effects of media violence on children. The presentation of this section identifies first the needed information that will help to resolve the problem, the rationale for gathering such specific information or how the information will be used to resolve the problem and the potential sources for it. Overall, the internet will be the major source of information for this research. It will tap online archives of books, academic-oriented encyclopedias, published journals available on net and studies conducted by government and non-government agencies available in their respective websites. Online libraries of the university will be thoroughly exhausted for this research. Personal interviews of relevant personnel particularly in the field of psychology, sociology, and media will also be interviewed as needed.
Definition of media violence-What makes it violent?
It is important to know the standard definition of media violence as set by field professionals from sociology, social relations, media studies, and psychology to help streamline information gathering. It will ensure that the subsequent information gathered will be inline with the definition of media violence. Sources for this information are media violence related studies published in journals related to media, psychology, and sociology.
Statistics on the prevalence of violence in media
It is imperative to determine the extent of violence cited in media as well as determine what types of media accessible to children espouse more violence compared to other types of media. This information is necessary to establish that there is really an incidence of violence in media that can influence children’s behavior. Sources for this information are published journals related to psychology, sociology, and media as well as government and non-government agencies that monitor and evaluate the presence of violence in media presentations accessible to the public, particularly to children.
Figures on the time spent on media and types of media watched by children
It is crucial that the research established the amount of time spent by children in the United States exposed to media presentations as well as determine what types of media children usually watched or exposed to in their homes, schools, and in other public places. It is crucial to gather this information so that the research can establish that there is a substantial amount of time spent by children exposed to media that can possibly influence their psyche. Sources of this information are government and non-government statistics provided for example by the Administration for Children and Families, and other agencies that monitor children’s welfare. Other sources are published studies by children’s welfare organizations, universities and government, and non-government agencies available in academic journals.
Effects of media violence on children
This last information directly answers the problem of this research. It must clearly show the effects of media violence on children with the definition and incidence supported by the previously identified information. It should also show what are the “effects of these effects” to the formation of the social relationship of children and its subsequent impact when they reach adult age. It should be gathered from professional sources such as peer-reviewed studies from academic journals, research conducted by government and non-government agencies.
Process in evaluating information to be gathered
Evaluation and acceptance of information will be based on validity and reliability. It should not be mere perceptions of individuals or groups writing on the net or perception of writers of published books. There should be a basis for why a particular source cited particular information. Thus, randomly selected sources that present information that has not corroborated by research will not be considered to resolve the problem of this research. The following step by step process will be observed in evaluating what information should be accepted as references for this research.
Step 1. Date of publication of sources must be recent particularly for statistics gathered studies and government and non-government sponsored research. Other sources should have at least a publication date of three to five years from the current year.
Step 2. Studies published in journals must be peer-reviewed to ensure that it went through the process of review of professionals from relevant fields.
Step 3. The source of information must not be overly biased in the information is made available to the public. It is acceptable though that studies used for this research will be sponsored by bias sources such as government and non-government agencies in charge of children’s welfare. However, information from them must be within the requirements of step 2.
Step 4. Field professionals to be considered for an interview must have attained higher education and enough experience in their respective fields such as attaining masters or doctorate degree and published at least three research papers that they conducted themselves to ensure that they know exactly what they are talking about making the information reliable.
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