Violence, Sex, and Profanity in Films: Correlation of Movie Ratings With Content

Kimberly M. Thompson, ScD; Fumie Yokota, PhD

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Physicians must recognize their critical role in emphasizing the reality that rating reasons do indicate some important film content, but they do not provide complete information about film content. Parents must recognize their responsibility in choosing appropriate films with and for their children, and in discussing the messages in films with children to mediate any potential adverse effects and reinforce any potential beneficial effects. Efforts to create an improved universal media rating system should build on these findings and develop standardized criteria so that parents understand what the ratings mean in terms of specific content in the films.


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