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Feng, D., Reed, D.B., Esperat, M.C., & Uchida, M. (2011). Effects of TV in the bedroom on young Hispanic children. American Journal of Health Promotion, 25(5), 310-318.

  • This study found that most children in this low-income and Hispanic sample have a TV in their bedroom, which is associated with unhealthy behaviors.

Harris, J. L., Thompson, J.M., Schwartz, M.B., & Brownell, K.D. (2011). Nutrition-related claims on children's cereals: What do they mean to parents and do they influence willingness to buy? Public Health Nutrition, 1-6. Available Online August 2. 

  • These findings indicate that common front-of-package nutrition-related claims are potentially misleading, especially when placed on products with high levels of nutrients to limit (e.g. sugar, sodium) and low levels of other nutrients to encourage (e.g. fibre, protein). Additional regulation is needed to protect consumers in the USA.

Nouri, M., Hill, L.G., & Orrell-Valente, J.K. (2011). Media exposure, internalization of the thin ideal, and body dissatisfaction: Comparing Asian American and European American college females. Body Image. Available Online July 19.

  • The results of this study suggest that Asian Americans may be employing unhealthy weight control behaviors, and may be prone to developing eating disorders, at rates similar to European American young adult females. Clinicians need to screen carefully for body dissatisfaction, unhealthy weight control behaviors, and eating disorders in Asian American females.

Pate, R.R., Mitchell, J.A., Byun, W., & Dowda, M. (2011). Sedentary behaviour in youth. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45(11), 906-913. 

  • The study authors found that the existing literature across the world indicates a slightly higher level of sedentary behaviour in older children. Higher levels of sedentary behaviour were also reported in non-white children, children from lower socioeconomic status background and children from households with more access to televisions/computers. Lower levels of sedentary behaviour were reported in children whose parents have rules/limitations on screen time.

Szwedo, D. E., Mikami, A.Y., & Allen, J.P. (2011). Qualities of peer relations on social networking websites: Predictions from negative mother–teen interactions. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(3), 595-607.

  • The results of this study suggested that problematic mother–teen relationships were predictive of youths' later preference for online communication and greater likelihood of forming a friendship with someone met online, yet poorer quality in online relationships. 

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