Taking professional wrestling to the mat - A look at the appeal and potential effects of professional wrestling on children

Citation
J. Waxmonsky et Ev. Beresin, Taking professional wrestling to the mat - A look at the appeal and potential effects of professional wrestling on children, ACAD PSYCHI, 25(2), 2001, pp. 125-131
Citations number
9
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Editorial Material
Categorie Soggetti
Psychiatry
Journal title
ACADEMIC PSYCHIATRY
ISSN journal
1042-9670 → ACNP
Volume
25
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
125 - 131
Database
ISI
SICI code
1042-9670(200122)25:2<125:TPWTTM>2.0.ZU;2-E
Abstract
Professional wrestling (PW) has gained a firm foothold in American culture and appears to be here to stay. Children comprise a large portion of its au dience, much to the dismay of many parents and clinicians. Society has stru ggled with how to respond to their children's fascination with PW, a novel hybrid between sports and entertainment. Parents expose children to sports, thinking they will learn healthy ways of managing conflict and aggression. However, PW is not a sport. Its values are the exact opposite of tradition al sportsmanship; it demonstrates to children that cheating and verbal inti midation are effective problem-solving techniques. Because PW resembles spo rts, children risk applying its values to legitimate sports, as well as oth er realms of life. Parents can prevent this association by differentiating PW from sports, and the entertainment industry can prevent it by stopping t heir aggressive marketing of PW to children.