The Mediating Role of Normative Beliefs about Aggression on the Relationship between Violent Digital Games and Students’ Aggressive Behaviour

Mohammad Eneizat (1) , Obaidah Alrababah (2) , Mikhled Alnawafah (3)
(1) Faculty of Media, Zarqa University , Jordan
(2) Faculty of Communication, University of Petra , Jordan
(3) Faculty of Communication, University of Petra , Jordan


Abstract: Digital video games are a means of entertainment for a wide range of the population, especially adolescents, and have diverse effects on behavior and beliefs. Many adolescents are being exposed to violent content in the media due to its widespread use. Aggressive behavior among students is becoming more common worldwide, including in Jordan. If this problem persists, especially adolescents’ engagement in aggressive behavior, it will lead to a societal imbalance and intolerance. In light of this, the study attempts to explore and comprehend by emphasizing how exposure to violent digital games influences students' aggressive behavior. Normative beliefs about aggression (NBAA) are also discussed based on the prediction that this variable mediates the relationships between violent digital games and aggressive behavior. A cross-sectional study design with randomly selected 347 individuals from Jordanian schools was analyzed utilizing the "Statistical Package for the Social Sciences" (SPSS) to examine the relationships between NBAA and violent digital games regarding aggressive behaviors. Results showed that NBAA and digital games were directly linked to aggressive behaviors. It also revealed that NBAA partially mediated the relationships between violent digital games and aggressive behaviors. The current study limitations and future research directions were also discussed.

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