American Journal of Public Health, March For these girls, they may not be a bad thing. Certainly, rap is not the only music that portrays negative stereotypes or can negatively impact behaviors, and not all rap music should be implicated. Does Rap Put Teens at Risk? But there have been nearly 1, studies that have looked at the effects that the media has on children's behavior. From Elvis to Columbine, the songs of music-obsessed youth have often been blamed for anti-social behavior. But rap -- and in particular, the especially violent and sexually-explicit gangsta variety -- has raised special concern. I'm not sure that the girls in our study were lashing out because of this, but more likely role-modeling the behaviors they see. American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement: Association Found Between Video Viewing Time and Risky Behaviors By Sid Kirchheimer From the WebMD Archives March 3, -- Teens who spend more time watching the sex and violence depicted in the "reel" life of "gangsta" rap music videos are more likely to practice these behaviors in real life, suggests one of the first studies to specifically explore how rap videos influence emotional and physical health. Three times more likely to hit a teacher Over 2. And nearly all of them find there is a strong effect. After studying black girls between the ages of 14 and 18 from non-urban, lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, researchers found that compared to those who never or rarely watched these videos, the girls who viewed these gangsta videos for at least 14 hours per week were far more likely to practice numerous destructive behaviors. Although gangsta rap videos depict tough inner-city "street" life, their largest viewing audience is white suburban youth, who have better access to cable television channels such as MTV and BET Black Entertainment Television. Sexuality, Contraception, and the Media, issued January. While the researchers surveyed viewing habits for various types of rap videos, gangsta rap was by far the most popular among the girls practicing these destructive behaviors. Of course, this isn't the first time that rebellious music has been blamed for society's ills.