Check out these studies recently added to the CMCH database:

Bergen, D., & Davis, D. (2011). Influences of technology-related playful activity and thought on moral development. American Journal of Play, 4(1), 80-99.

  • Developmental psychologists and early childhood educators are often big proponents of play, as it promotes healthy social and behavioral development, as well as having indicators for physical activity and later academic success. In this article, researchers consider how traditional play often falls by the wayside these days in favor of technological games and forms of play. In a review of current online and computer-based play environments, the researchers offer suggestions and frameworks for future research on how new forms of play contribute to moral development in children.

Carstensen, T. (2009). Gender trouble in Web 2.0: Gender perspectives on social network sites, wikis and weblog. International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, 1(1), 106-127. 

  • This study looks at how people negotiate gender identity on the Internet, especially in Web 2.0 applications like blog platforms and social networking sites. The author looked at feminist theories and gender studies theories that informed this study and then considered how Web 2.0 tools allowed for creative navigating of gender identities or how other applications force a gender binary and therefore exclude individuals of queer or other identities. The author concluded by positing what these tools and structures do to the psyches and activities of web users, especially young women.

Garrison, M.M., & Christakis, D.A. (2012). The impact of a healthy media use intervention on sleep in preschool children. Pediatrics, 130(3), 1-8.

  • Doctors and parents are aware that media has an association with the quality of sleep in children and adolescents, but little research has been done to determine whether it is a causal relationship. This randomized trial looked at the effects of a healthy media intervention by asking parents to substitute violent or scary media with educational and prosocial media, and then reports on sleep quality and telephone interviews were gathered. The researchers found that there was indeed a causal relationship between media and sleep.

Opree, S.J., Buijzen, M., & Valkenburg, P.M. (2012). Lower life satisfaction related to materialism in children frequently exposed to advertising. Pediatrics, published online August 2012: 

  • In this study, researchers strove to uncover the causality behind life satisfaction and materialism, focusing on children. Interestingly, they found that children satisfied with life had decreased materialism, but not vice versa. By comparing their data with research on this topic done with adults, they were able to offer conclusions and possible interventions.

To find more research on children, youth, media, and health, check out the CMCH database.

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