by Sandra G. Boodman | The Washington Post | April 11, 2006

“The kind of television shows children watch and whom they watch them with can be just as important as the amount of time they spend in front of the tube, researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital report in a new study that finds an association
between violent shows and peer problems. Children who watch violent television programs — especially those who watch such shows alone — spend less time with friends than children who watch a lot of nonviolent programs.”

“A lot of studies about violence and television deal with behavioral outcomes that don’t resonate with people” because they occur years later, said Dr. David Bickham
, Staff Scientist at CMCH and lead author of the new study, which involved 1,356 children and appears in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. “We wanted something with a real-life outcome” that would motivate parents to consider
the potential consequences of uncensored viewing that are more immediate.”

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