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

Calzo, J.P. &  Ward, L.M. (2009). Media exposure and viewers' attitudes toward homosexuality: Evidence for mainstreaming or resonance? Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 53(2), 280-299.

  • This study explored connections between media use and college students' attitudes of acceptance towards homosexuality.

Christakis, D.A. et al. (2009). Audible television and decreased adult words, infant
vocalizations, and conversational turns: A population-based study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 163(6), 554-8.

  • This study tests the hypothesis that audible television is associated with decreased parent and child interactions.

Eslick, G.D. & Eslick, M.G. (2009). Smoking and the Simpsons. Med J Aust. 190(11), 637-9.

  • This study determines the frequency of smoking on The Simpsons
    television show, and the relationship with the sex and age groups of
    characters shown smoking, and with positive, negative and neutral
    connotations associated with instances of smoking.

Greenberg, B.S., Rosaen, S.F., Worrell, T.R., Salmon, C.T. & Volkman, J.E. (2009). A portrait of food and drink in commercial TV series. Health Commun. 24(4), 295-303.

  • This study examines the content and presentation of food and drink
    on fictional, commercial television. It provides the first comparison
    of food and drink consumption across different television program
    genres designated for different age groups.

Martino, S., Collins, R., Elliott, M., Kanouse, D. & and Berry, S. (2009). It's better on TV: Does television set teenagers up for regret following sexual initiation? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 41(2), 92-100.

  • This study examined the association between exposure to sex on television and the likelihood of regret following sexual initiation, the extent to which shif ts in expectations about the positive consequences of sex mediate this association and whether these relationships differ by gender.

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