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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Lawrence Mullen

Number of Pages



The author investigates the amount of violence contained within WB primetime programs in order to determine The WB's number of violent acts per program and per program hour as well as determine some of the possible effects of The WB's violence. The author sampled one week of WB primetime programming. A definition of violence similar to other violence studies was employed for comparability. The unit of analysis used for coding was the violent act. The author found all WB primetime programs to contain some violence. The most violent WB primetime program was "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the highest number of violent acts aired was found on Tuesday night. The author concludes the majority of WB primetime programs contain a low amount of violence. The author suggests future violence studies employ a single accepted definition of violence and include The WB and UPN programming in their samples.


Families; Targeting; Teens; Television; Violence

Controlled Subject

Mass media

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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