Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:

Courage, M.L., & Setliff, A. E.(2009).
Debating the impact of television and video material on very young
children: Attention, learning, and the developing Brain. Child Development Perspectives, 3 (1), 72-78.

  • Examines the debate about the potential of television and video
    material to enhance or diminish cognitive development in infants and

Dorey, E. & and McCool, J. (2009).The Role of the media in influencing children's nutritional perceptions. Qual Health Research, 19(5), 645-654.

  • To explore how children's appraisals of various forms of media inform their health-related perceptions about eating and nutrition.

Iannotti, R., Kogan, M.D., Janssen, I., Boyce, W.F. (2009). Patterns of adolescent physical activity, screen-based media use, and positive and negative health indicators in the U.S. and Canada. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44(5), 493-499.

  • To examine how adolescent physical activity and screen-based media use relate to physical and social health indicators, and cross-national differences in these relationships.

Linder, J. R. &  Gentile, D. A.(2009).
Is the television rating system valid? Indirect, verbal, and physical
aggression in programs viewed by fifth grade girls and associations
with behavior. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30(3), 286-297.

  • This study had two goals: first, to examine the validity of the
    television rating system for assessing aggression in programs popular
    among girls; second, to evaluate the importance of inclusion of
    non-physical forms of aggression in the ratings system by examining
    associations between television aggression exposure and behavior.

Wills, T.A.,  Sargent, J. D., Gibbons,  F. X., Gerrard, M., & Stoolmiller, M. (2009). Movie exposure to alcohol cues and adolescent alcohol problems: A longitudinal analysis in a national sample. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23(1), 23-35.

  • To test a theoretical model of how exposure to alcohol cues in movies predicts level of alcohol use (ever use plus ever and recent binge drinking) and alcohol-related problems.

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