The Impact of Television Viewing on Perceptions of Juvenile Crime Academic Article uri icon


  • This article examines the relationship between television viewing and public perceptions of juvenile crime rates and the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system. Special attention was devoted to viewers of television news and shows like Cops and America's Most Wanted, where researchers expected a greater misperception of crime rates and the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. The results showed significant media effects on perceptions of juvenile crime and the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in the expected direction. As viewers watched more crime-related television, they were more likely to misperceive realities of juvenile crime and juvenile justice. 2006 Broadcast Education Association.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Goidel, R. K., Freeman, C. M., & Procopio, S. T.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Goidel, Robert K||Freeman, Craig M||Procopio, Steven T

publication date

  • March 2006