Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Violent Video Games: Review of the Literature


Course Description: The course includes a comprehensive review of the research literature published between 2005 and 2013 focused on violent video game use. This included four meta-analyses that reviewed more than 150 research reports published before 2009. The research demonstrated a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in prosocial behavior, empathy and sensitivity to aggression.

Learning Objectives:

  • Critique the evidence review of the literature involving the impact of violent video games
  • Critique the conclusions drawn from the literature involving violent video games

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 2 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Mark Appelbaum, PhD, Sandra Calvert, PhD, Kenneth Dodge, PhD, Sandra Graham, PhD, Gordon Nagayama Hall, PhD, Sherry Hamby, PhD, and Lawrence Hedges, PhD

Content Publisher(s): American Psychological Association

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Mark Appelbaum, PhD
Emeritus Professor, University of California, San Diego

Sandra Calvert, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology Director, Children’s Digital Media Center, Georgetown University

Kenneth Dodge, PhD
Director, Center for Child and Family Policy, William McDougall Professor of Public Policy
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

Sandra Graham, PhD
Professor and Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity, University of California, Los Angeles

Gordon Nagayama Hall, PhD
Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon

Sherry Hamby, PhD
Research Professor of Psychology
Director, Life Paths Research Program Sewanee, The University of the South

Lawrence Hedges, PhD
Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Department Chair, Department of Statistics, Northwestern University 

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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