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October 24/31, 2001

Violence in Children's Films and Video Games—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(16):1971-1972. doi:10.1001/jama.286.16.1969

In Reply: We believe that any scientific study must be specific about definitions and apply them consistently. We defined violence as "physical acts where the aggressor makes or attempts to make some physical contact with the intention of causing injury or death."1 We also defined violence as "intentional acts where the aggressor makes or attempts to make some physical contact that has potential to inflict injury or harm."2 We believe that these definitions are consistent with standard dictionary definitions and lie well within the US mainstream, although they exclude unintentional acts (eg, natural disasters, accidents, objects not attributed to a character) and expected physical acts by sports games characters that are not intended to injure (eg, tackling, checking). Recognizing the breadth of these definitions, we reported on the intent to injure2 and on whether injuring characters was either rewarded or required for advancement.1

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