Check out these recently published studies available in the CMCH database.

Backett-Milburn, K., & Jackson, S. Children's concerns about their parents' health and wellbeing: Researching with ChildLine Scotland. Children & Society, 26(5): 381-393.

  • Children use media for a variety of reasons, including, as this study shows, to learn or talk about their parents' own health. This study followed the work of ChildLine Scotland, which handles unsolicited calls from children, and looked at the way children react to, cope with, or take care of their parents' health issues. It yielded interesting data on the topics most affecting children and their parents as well as how and why they seek help over the phone.

Gao, Z. Motivated but Not Active: The Dilemmas of Incorporating Interactive Dance Into Gym Class. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(6): 794-800.

  • The trend today is to tout exergames as an excellent, 21st century-friendly way to get young people to incorporate exercise into their daily lives. In this study of school physical education courses using the game Dance Dance Revolution, the researcher found that students were certainly motivated to play the game and enjoy the physical activity that came with it, but that the levels of exertion were still lower than desireable until they reached a high level of mastery with the game. Conclusions indicate that such games, while fun, are not sufficient as a sole method of physical activity.

McLaughlin, M., et al.  2012. A videosharing social networking intervention for young adult cancer survivors. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(2): 631-641.

  • Clinicians are familiar with the challenges of helping adolescents transition from pediatric care to adult care. This study focuses on the experiences of teen cancer survivors and discusses their specific challenges and needs, finally leading to an explanation of a videosharing program that allowed the teens to network and share coping strategies and life stories with other survivors.

Pinkleton, B.E., et al. The role of media literacy in shaping adolescents' understanding of and responses to sexual portrayals in mass media. Journal of Health Communication, 17(4): 460-476.

  • This study showcased one of the many ways that that educators and physicians must share the burden and collaborate in interventions addressed towards adolescents, health, and media use. Researchers conducted a study of teens who had participated in a media literacy educational program, as well as a control group who hadn't, that looked how teens seek out and respond to media about sexuality, sexual intercourse, and sexual health. Qualitative and quantitative results are presented, and the study found that this was a good way to target both girls and boys with good results.

Shechtman, Z., & Abu Yaman, M. SEL as a Component of a Literature Class to Improve Relationships, Behavior, Motivation, and Content Knowledge. American Educational Research Journal, 49(3): 546-567.

  • This study looked at connections between literature and emotional health and learning. The researchers assumed that emotional competencies lead to better coping skills, academic achievement, and mental health. By using classroom teachers and students, the researchers found that "affective teaching" of literature led to positive results for students.

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