Resources for the Public
Report of the Youth Violence Commission
In March 2018, ISRA’s President Mike Potegal appointed a special commission to prepare a report on youth violence. This commission was “charged with the task of producing a public statement on the known risk factors for youth violence, based on the current state of scientific knowledge. If the Commission finds sufficient evidence of harmful effects, then its public statement may include public policy recommendations.”
The resultant report of the ISRA Youth Violence Commission provides strong evidence of factors that are associated with perpetration of violence by youth, and makes recommendations that policy makers can use to address this public health problem.
The full text document of this report is available currently here (PDF).
The Conversation is a news/analysis website with content written by academics, edited by journalists, and aimed at the general public. Their goal is to bring academic expertise to a broader audience, and their global newsroom also has offices in Australia, the UK, South Africa, and France. Articles are relatively short, around 1,000 words, and the tone is meant to be conversational and jargon-free, though they provide links to support primary sources.
This outlet is an effective way for researchers to disseminate their findings publicly and is a resource for the public to learn more directly from the most cutting-edge science. Two sample articles relevant to the study of aggression are listed below.
FactCheck: Is There a Link Between Early and Easier Access to Violent TV and Domestic Violence? →
By Tom Denson (Associate Professor of Psychology and ARC Future Fellow, UNSW Australia)
Promoting Violence? Alcohol Specials Lead to Increased Aggression in Bars →
By Francis Markham (Ph.D. candidate, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University) and Martin Young (Associate Professor, Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University)
Report of the Media Violence Commission
In December 2011, ISRA appointed a special commission to prepare a report on media violence. This commission was "charged with the task of producing a public statement on the known effects of exposure to media violence, based on the current state of scientific knowledge. If the Commission finds sufficient evidence of harmful effects, then the Commission's public statement may include public policy recommendations."
Media Violence Commission in the News
Iowa State University press release (U.S.) - English
Australian Council on Children and the Media press release [PDF] (Australia) - English
Herald Sun newspaper article [PDF] (Australia) - English
The Telegraph newspaper article (United Kingdom) - English
Examiner.com article (U.S.) - English
MedicalXpress.com article (U.S.) - English
Happychild.com.au article (Australia) - English
In this podcast of “All the Rage,” Dr. Ryan Martin conducts a special interview with Dr. Craig Anderson, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University and former President of the International Society for Research on Aggression (2010-2012). The two discuss the massive body of research on violent media.
Dr. Craig Anderson wrote an op-ed titled “Guns, media violence and mass shootings: What psychological scientists know” for the Des Moines Register.
Position on Torture by Division 19 (Society for Military Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, issued on January 25, 2017.
Rowell Huesmann and Eric Dubow have written a document covering some psychological aspects related to the horrific Connecticut school shooting. The posting appears on the University of Michigan’s Aggression Research Program website.
The "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children" that was presented at the Congressional Public Health Summit on July 26, 2000