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

Best, J.R. (2011). Exergaming immediately enhances children's executive function. Developmental Psychology. Available Online December 12. 

  • The results extend past research by showing more precisely how physical activity influences executive function and how this effect differs from the improvements that occur with development. 

Callister, M., Coyne, S.M., Robinson, T., et al. (2012). “Three sheets to the wind”: Substance use in teen-centered film from 1980 to 2007. Addiction Research & Theory, 20(1), 30-41. 

  • This study provides evidence that in the realm of teen-centered movies, the trend in substance use has been surprisingly downward across the decades.

Gopinath, B., Hardy, L.L., Baur, L.A., et al. (2011). Influence of parental history of hypertension on screen time and physical activity in young offspring. Journal of Hypertension. Available Online December 15. 

  • This study found that parental hypertension influences the time that prepubertal offspring spend in both active and sedentary (television viewing, computer and videogame usage)pursuits. These findings highlight potential factors that could be addressed in the development of cardiovascular disease-preventive measures starting early in life among the offspring of hypertensive parents.

Jones, L. M., Mitchell, K.J., & Finkelhor, D. (2011). Trends in youth Internet victimization: Findings from three youth Internet safety surveys 2000–2010. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Available Online December 15. 

  • The study authors found that trends provide evidence for some optimism that protective adaptations to the online environment have been successful; however, online harassment appears to be increasing for youth, particularly girls, and may require additional mobilization.

Mazurek, M.O., Shattuck, P.T., Wagner, M., & Cooper, B.P. Prevalence and correlates of screen-based media use among youths with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Available Online December 8. 

  • This study found that compared with other disability groups (speech/language impairments, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities), rates of non-social media use (television, video games) were higher among the autism spectrum disorders group, and rates of social media use were lower.

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