Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: During a study of injury prevention
practices in G- and PG-rated movies, we collected data on the frequency and
manner of firearm use (unpublished data, 1998).
Of the 25 top-grossing G- or PG-rated films released each year from
1995 through 1997, we excluded animated films (n=9) and those not set in the
present day (n=16), yielding a final study sample of 50 movies. At least 2
of the coauthors viewed each film in video cassette format, using a standard
data collection form. Each compared their results and reconciled any differences.
Four (8%) of the films were rated G and 46 (92%) were rated PG. Forty-five
(90%) of the movies were considered comedies or family films.
Pelletier AR, Quinlan KP, Sacks JJ, Van Gilder TJ, Gilchrist J, Ahluwalia HK. Firearm Use in G- and PG-Rated Movies. JAMA. 1999;282(5):428. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-5-jbk0804