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Levin-Zamir, D., Lemish, D. & Gofin, R. (2011). Media Health Literacy (MHL): development and measurement of the concept among adolescents. Health Education Research, 26(2), 323-335.

  • The findings suggest that as a determinant of adolescent health behavior, this model of MHL identifies groups at risk and may provide a basis for health promotion among youth.

Ma, H.K., S.C. Li, & Pow, J.W. (2011). The relation of Internet use to prosocial and antisocial behavior in Chinese adolescents. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14(3), 123-130.

  • The data in this study supports thyat positive Internet behavior is positively associated with positive daily social behavior, and negative Internet behavior is positively associated with negative daily social behavior.

Martins, N. & Harrison, K. (2011) Racial and gender differences in the relationship between children’s television use and self-esteem: A longitudinal panel study. Communication Research. Available March 16

  • The results revealed that television exposure, after controlling for age, body satisfaction, and baseline self-esteem, was significantly related to children’s self-esteem. Specifically, television exposure predicted a decrease in self-esteem for White and Black girls and Black boys, and an increase in self-esteem among White boys.

McCarty, C., Prawitz, A. D., Derscheid, L.E., & Montgomery, B. (2011). Perceived safety and teen risk taking in online chat sites. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14(3),169-174.

  • The results of the study revealed that perception of safety factors were useful in predicting online risk-taking behaviors. Teens with more social discomfort and those who thought it was safe to reveal personal information and trust chat-site “friends” were more likely to take risks. As time spent in chat sites increased, so did risk-taking behaviors.

Moyer-Guse, E. & Nabi, R.L. (2011). Comparing the effects of entertainment and educational television programming on risky sexual behavior. Health Commununication, Available Online March 16,  1-11.

  • The results demonstrate that effects of exposure to the entertainment-education (E-E) program vary depending on gender and past experience with sexual intercourse. In particular, females and those who had not initiated sexual intercourse showed the strongest effects.


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