Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health:

Devís-Devís, J., Peiró-Velert, C., Beltrán-Carrillo, V.J., et al. (2012). Brief report: Association between socio-demographic factors, screen media usage and physical activity by type of day in Spanish adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 35(1), 213-218. 

  • The study authors found that the negative relationship between adolescents' use of screen media (TV and mobile phone) and physical  activity and its possible displacement, depending on the type of day, added useful comparable knowledge for policies promoting an  active lifestyle. 

Erentaite, R., Bergman, L.R., & Zukauskiene, R. (2012). Cross-contextual stability of bullying victimization: A person-oriented  analysis of cyber and traditional bullying experiences among adolescents. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. Available Jan 18. 

  • The findings revealed that 35% of traditional bullying victims were also bullied in cyberspace. In particular, adolescents who  experienced predominantly verbal and relational bullying at school, showed a higher risk of victimization in cyberspace a year  later, while this was not observed for predominantly physical forms of traditional bullying. 

Fisoun, V., Floros, G., Siomos, K., et al. (2012). Internet addiction as an important predictor in early detection of adolescent  drug use experience-implications for research and practice. Journal of Addiction Medicine. Available Jan 5. 

  • This study found that an increase in the severity of pathological Internet use has been linked to increased chances of having used  an illicit substance. 

Lin, F., Zhou, Y., Du, Y., et al. (2012). Abnormal white matter integrity in adolescents with Internet addiction disorder: A tract-based spatial statistics study. PLoS ONE, 7(1), e30253. FULL TEXT

  • These findings suggest that Internet addiction disorder (IAD) demonstrated widespread reductions of fractional anisotropy (FA) in major white matter pathways and such abnormal white matter structure may be linked to some behavioral impairments. 

Lwin, M.O., Li, B., & Ang, R.P. (2012). Stop bugging me: An examination of adolescents’ protection behavior against online harassment. Journal of Adolescence, 35(1), 31-41. 

  • The results suggest that public service programs targeted at educating youths should aim to increase coping appraisals and emphasize the severity of online harassment. Targeted educational programs could include those aimed at specific age or gender groups.

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