New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:

Calamaro, C.J. et al. (2010). Shortened sleep duration does not predict obesity in adolescents. Journal Of Sleep Research,19(4), 559-566.

  • The authors found that environmental factors including TV ≥ 2 h per day and depression were significantly associated with obesity; shortened sleep duration was not.  Adolescents who watched TV ≥ 2 h per day were 37% more likely to be obese.

Fergunson, C.J.; Olson, C.K., Kutner, L.A. &Warner, D.E. (2010) Violent video games, catharsis-seeking, bullying and delinquency: A multivariate analysis of effects. Crime and Delinquency, published online March 4.

  • The study results indicated that delinquent and bullying behavior were predicted by students’ trait aggression and stress level. Violent video game exposure was not found to be predictive of delinquency or bullying, nor was level of parental involvement.

Nguyen,  T.N.; Nilsson, S.;  Hellström, A-L.; & Bengtson, A. (2010). Music therapy to reduce pain and anxiety in children with cancer undergoing lumbar puncture: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 27(3), 146-155. Free article

  • This study found that music medicine influences pain and anxiety in children with leukemia undergoing lumbar punctures. The results showed lower pain and anxiety scores and heart and respiratory rates of the children receiving music therapy during and after the lumbar puncture.

Reavley, N.J., Cvetkovski, S., & Jorm, A.F. (2010).Sources of information about mental health and links to help seeking: Findings from the 2007 Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, published online Oct 27.

  • This survey of Australians aged 16-85 years found that television was the most common source of information about mental health issues in the previous 12 months, followed by pamphlets and brochures.

Robinson, T.N. et al. (2010). A randomized controlled trial of culturally tailored dance and reducing screen time to prevent weight gain in low-income African American girls: Stanford GEMS. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 164 (11),995-1004. 

  • This study found that a culturally tailored after-school dance and screen time reduction intervention for low-income, preadolescent African American girls slowed BMI gain more than health education among girls who watched more television at baseline.


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