Check out these studies of interest on the topics of children, media, and health that were recently added to the CMCH database:

Hawkes, C., & Harris, J.L. (2011). An analysis of the content of food industry pledges on marketing to children. Journal of Public Health and Nutrition, 14(8), 1403-1414.

  • This article looked at a variety of pledges and commitments made by food companies with regards to advertising to children. They found that while certain types of foods, like sugary snacks, were restricted, in general children were still exposed to a large amount of food advertising.

Lapierre, Matthew A., et al. (2012). Background television in the homes of US children. Pediatrics, published online.

  • This new study, receiving a lot of publicity, surveyed parents to find out how often television was on their homes, how many televisions were in the house, and whether there were televisions in bedrooms. They found that children are exposed to many more minutes of television than previously thought, and that African American and younger children were most likely to be exposed to high levels of background television.

Luder, M.T., et al. (2011). Associations between online pornography and sexual behavior among adolescents: Myth or reality? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40(5), 1027-1035.

  • This study looked at teens who had and had not looked at online pornography. The researchers made associations between pornography usage and sexual orientation and condom use, but they did not find evidence that engaging with online pornography led to specific sexual behaviors or risks.

Manganello, J., & Chauhan, A.G. (2011). Car riding behavior in television programs watched by adolescents in the US. Journal of Children and Media, 5(2), 194-203.

  • In this content analysis, researchers looked at 15 television shows popular with teens and analyzed the different driving behaviors portrayed in them, from drunk driving to seatbelt use to speeding. They also looked at associations between behaviors and race and behaviors and gender.

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