Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health:
Isaksen, K. J. & Roper, S. (2012). The commodification of self-esteem: Branding and British teenagers. Psychology and Marketing, 29(3), 117-135.
- This study found that adolescents appear to have a striking awareness of the role of branding, advertising, and peer pressure in forming their consumption attitudes, yet they are unable to resist them.
Lou, C., Cheng,Y., Gao, E., et al. (2012). Media's contribution to sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors for adolescents and young adults in three Asian cities. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50(3, Supplement): S26-S36.
- The researchers found that access to and use of mass media and the messages they present are influential factors on sex-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of unmarried Asian adolescents and young adults, and should be considered in future research and intervention programs attempting to improve reproductive health outcomes
Matos, A.P., Ferreira, J.A., & Haase, R.F. (2012). Television and aggression: A test of a mediated model with a sample of Portuguese students. The Journal of Social Psychology, 152(1): 75-91.
- The results showed that the relationship between TV violence and physical aggression is mediated by enjoyment of TV violence, perceived reality in TV violence, and identification with violent TV heroes.
Siomos, K., Floros, G., Fisoun, V., et al. (2012). Evolution of Internet addiction in Greek adolescent students over a two-year period: The impact of parental bonding. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Available Online February 4.
- This study found that parental safety measures on Internet browsing have only a small preventive role and cannot protect adolescents from Internet addiction. The three online activities most associated with Internet addiction were watching online pornography, online gambling and online gaming.
Zimmerman, F.J., Ortiz, S.E., Christakis, D.A., & Elkun, D. (2012). The value of social-cognitive theory to reducing preschool TV viewing: A pilot randomized trial. Preventive Medicine. Available Online February 14.
- This study found that compared to those in the control group, families randomized to the intervention group experienced a significant reduction by 37 minutes/day in total viewing time, including a marginally significant reduction by 29 minutes/day in viewing of commercial content.
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