Last updated on: 8/13/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

American Psychiatric Association (APA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume that acts of violence are acceptable behavior.

Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decrease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.

Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behaviors and a mistrust of others.

Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.

Although less research has been done on the impact of violent interactive entertainment (video games and other interactive media) on young people, preliminary studies indicate that the negative impact may be significantly more severe than that wrought by television, movies, or music.”

Cowritten with The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Family Physicians, “Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children,” aap.org, July 26, 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide…

The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders.”

“About APA,” APA website (accessed Aug. 13, 2009)

Mission:

“The mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to:

  • promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental disorders (including mental retardation and substance-related disorders) and their families;
  • promote psychiatric education and research;
  • advance and represent the profession of psychiatry; and
  • serve the professional needs of its membership.”

“About APA,” APA website (accessed Aug. 13, 2009)

Other:
Nonprofit medical organization
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?