Long-term Influences of Horror and Scary Movies in Child Development Presented by: Stacy Haitsuka Todd Hashimoto Jerry Ishibashi COM 436 – S’02
What Makes Horror and Scary Movies so Attractive? • Extraordinarily terrifying • Fantasy, illusion & make-believe • Terror, fear, despair & dark suspense • Amusement & entertainment
Cultivation Effect Children see the world as a horrible place Children confuse make- believe with reality Desensitization towards violence More = less Increase in aggressive behavior How do movies influence our development from childhood to adulthood?
The Significance of FEAR • Causes anxiety, depression, & posttraumatic stress • Ages 1 – 7 years • Ages 8 – 13 year • Problems sleeping • Resulting behaviors
Categories of Phobia-producing Stimuli • Animals • Environmental • Injury • Situational • Disturbing sounds • Distorted faces
The End* *sources will be included in our group paper