Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Dr. James F. McCarthy

Second Advisor

Dr. David Sheldon

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of violent music videos on aggressive behavior in psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents. Associations between male and female responses were investigated as well as responses between high-aggressive and low-aggressive subjects.

Subjects were 30 in-patient emotionally disturbed adolescents, 13 to 17 years of age. Subjects served as their own controls. Treatment consisted of the viewing of a violent video with violent lyrics, a violent video without violent lyrics, and a non-violent video. Aggression was measured prior to the treatment with a 23 True-False questionnaire completed by subjects and Behavior Rating Forms completed by staff. A drum and an integrating sound level meter served as a physical measurement of aggression during the study.

Results of the study indicate no significant increase in subjects' level of aggression after viewing any of the three music videos.