Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:
Ferguson, C.J., Munoz, M.E., & Medrano, M.R. (2011). Advertising influences on young children’s food choices and parental influence. The Journal of Pediatrics, 1-4. Available Online October 7.
- The researchers found that although advertising impact on children’s food choices is moderate in size, it appears resilient to parental efforts to intervene. Food advertisements directed at children may have a small but meaningful effect on their healthy food choices.
Moreno, M. A., Christakis, D.A., Egan, K.G., et al. (2011). Associations between displayed alcohol references on Facebook and problem drinking among college students. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Available Online October 3.
- The study found that displayed references to intoxication/problem drinking were positively associated with AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) scores suggesting problem drinking as well as alcohol-related injury. Results suggest that clinical criteria for problem drinking can be applied to Facebook alcohol references.
Moreno, S., Bialystok, E., Barac, R., et al. (2011). Short-term music training enhances verbal intelligence and executive function. Psychological Science. Available Online October 3.
- The researchers report on the effects of two interactive computerized training programs developed for preschool children: one for music and one for visual art. After only 20 days of training, only children in the music group exhibited enhanced performance on a measure of verbal intelligence, with 90% of the sample showing this improvement.
Pearson, N., Salmon, J., Crawford, D., et al. (2011). Are parental concerns for child TV viewing associated with child TV viewing and the home sedentary environment? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8(1), 102. FULL TEXT.
- This study found that children of concerned parents watched more TV than those whose parents who were not concerned. Parents appear to recognise excessive television viewing in their children and these parents appear to engage in conflicting parental approaches despite these concerns.
Whiteley, L. B., J. Mello, et al. (2011). A review of sexual health web sites for adolescents. Clinical Pediatrics. Available Online September 23.
- The authors found that a significant amount of sexual health information geared toward teens is available online. All the Web sites reviewed showed deficiencies in educational content, as well as deficiencies in usability, authority, and interactivity. Planned Parenthood’s Web site was the most well rounded of the sites assessed.
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