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Study Finds Superheros Intensify Aggression in Preschoolers

A recent study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, has found that preschoolers who regularly participate in superhero culture are more likely to be physically and personally aggressive one year later.

The study conducted by Professor Sarah M. Coyne at Brigham Young University cautions that the take-away message preschoolers are getting from superhero culture is a violent one.

Young children who frequently consume superhero shows and movies are only picking up on the aggressive themes, not the defending ones.

Coyne suggests that young children don't have the ability to pick out the moral messages behind complex story lines that include violence and altruistic behavior.

She also suggests that children might be desensitized by consuming so much violent media, and that it could contribute to their lack of empathy for victims of violence on the playground.

But don't get her wrong, Coyne is a mother of three young boys, with another on the way. Rather than ban superheroes entirely, Coyne encourages parents to use moderation.

"Have your kids involved in all sorts of activities, and just have superheroes be one of many, many things that they like to do and engage with."

"It's about finding balance and ways to talk about superheroes that focus on the positive aspects," she says.

Read more about the study at Science Daily.

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