Goddard, Hannah Louise (2010)
Foren.Psy.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.
This thesis examines the factors associated with aggressive behaviour in adolescents. It contains an introduction to the thesis. Chapter one contains a systematic literature review investigating the relationship between video game violence and aggressive behaviours in adolescents. The results of the review indicated that there is some evidence to suggest a link exists between exposure to violent video games and aggressive behaviour. Chapter two contains a piece of empirical research examining the relationship between exposure to violence in video games and aggressive behaviours in a sample of adolescents. Further, it explored possible mediators and moderators of this relationship. The results of this research found a relationship between exposure to violence in video games and aggressive behaviour. In addition, this study found that hostile attribution bias, empathy and exposure to real life violence moderated this relationship. Chapter three is a case study describing the psychological assessment, formulation and planned intervention with a young person presenting with aggressive behaviours. A number of treatment considerations and potential obstacles to treatment with this population are discussed. Chapter four consists of a critical review of the Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (Version 3.0). This review examines reported reliability and validity data for the measure as well as its limitations. Finally, implications of this thesis are discussed in chapter five.
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