2002 suplement 2


Volume 11, suplement 2

Original article

Media violence from a forensic-psychiatric perspective

1. Katedry i Kliniki Psychiatrii Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej w Szczecinie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2002, 11, suplement 2 (15), 51-57
Keywords: violence, media, forensic psychiatry


The effects of the mass media- movie films, television and computer games-on increased aggression and delinquency in children and adolescents is analyzed on the basis of a review of the literature. The media are purported to have four kinds of impact: catharsis, restraint, reinforcement and stimulation. The author says that the role of these patterns of aggressive behaviour ought to be considered in forensic-psychiatric diagnoses and expert opinions and also in penitentiary resocialisation programs.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Jerzy Pobocha, Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej, ul. Broniewskiego 26, 71-460 Szczecin