Violence in Movies Prevalent Whether It’s PG-13 or R (CBS News)


In a story about a new study on violence in movies, Reuters turns for comment to Dartmouth’s James Sargent, who was not involved in the study but has researched media’s effect on youth.

The study found that violent characters in movies often engaged in other risky behavior, such as drinking, reports Reuters, and that the risky behavior occurs equally in both PG-13 and R-rated movies.

“I think the take-home message from this is that the motion picture rating system is not helping parents discriminate which movies children should see and which movies they should stay away from, says Sargent, a professor of pediatrics and of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine and co-director of the Cancer Control Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Read the full story, published 12/9/13 by Reuters via CBS News.

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