Racy Teen Literature

by NECN | New England Cable News | November 18, 2005

Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, was interviewed by New England Cable News about the controversial new
trend of racy sexual behavior in teen literature. Many parents are concerned about how this material might
affect their children.

From his clinical work with adolescents and their parents, Dr. Rich recognized that
young people are exposed to sexual portrayals and talk at very early ages. He recommended that parents and
teens talk openly about these books and their content. Teens who aren’t ready for frank discussion of
sexuality won’t be interested in reading the books. He advises that parents should keep up with the
media their teens are using.

“Kids learn from media. Parents should read the books and
watch the TV shows their teens watch, so they can be prepared for an open conversation about what they’re learning.”
Read the full article at New England Cable News.

Sex Content Soars on Prime-Time TV

by Cheryl Wetzstein | Washington Times | November 10, 2005

“More than three-quarters of prime-time TV shows contain some sexual content, significantly more than previous years, a study shows.”

“A previous study from the July issue of the Journal of Pediatrics found that of 2,522 studies on youths and the media, only 13 looked at sexual issues.” When asked about the effects of sexual behavior in the media, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, told the journal that teens may accept TV sex behaviors as ‘normative, attractive and without risk.’
Read the full article at Washington Times.

CMCH Director Meets with Surgeon General

by CMCH | CMCH | November 8, 2005

Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, met with Surgeon General Richard Carmona on November 8th to urge him to put media effects on the national public health agenda as a critical environmental health issue of the Information Age.
» See Dr. Rich’s Bio
Read the full article at CMCH.

Smoking in the Movies

by Frances Rivera | WHDH TV | November 7, 2005

A new study suggests smoking is something kids may learn to do by watching movies. Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, was interviewed about the study:

“Movie exposure stood independently as a primary risk factor for smoking. Kids learn from the television shows, they learn from the video games they play. So this doesn’t surprise me at all.”

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Read the full article at WHDH TV.

Reel Life

by Matthew Cyr | Dream Magazine | October 20, 2005

Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA), a project of CMCH that uses video diaries to learn more about the illness experience, makes the cover story of Dream Magazine.
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» Go to VIA website
Read the full article at Dream Magazine.

Director of CMCH Wins AAP Award

by American Academy of Pediatrics | AAP News | October 1, 2005

Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, is the recipient of the Holroyd-Sherry Award, given in recognition of “outstanding contributions in the field of children, adolescents and the media by an AAP member.”

» See Dr. Rich’s Bio
Read the full article at AAP News.

Messages in the Music

by Denene Millner | Essence Magazine | October 1, 2005

In October’s Essence magazine, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, weighs in on what children learn from music lyrics.

“Children look to popular music, movies and TV shows to help them figure out who they should be.”

“Given that many children spend more time with some form of media than they do at school or with parents, they’re more likely to be influenced by the likes of Nelly or Eminem.”
Read the full article at Essence Magazine.

Edutainment: Smart programming?

by Thomas K. Arnold | USA Today | August 23, 2005

With an onslaught of TV shows aimed at toddlers, and the Baby Einstein series taking in more than $170 million in sales last year, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, weighs in on whether or not this “edutainment” is beneficial for children.

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Read the full article at USA Today.