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

Costello,  M.C., Reeder, S.,& Frain, M.
(2009).The Relationship between body mass index and breakfast
consumption, blood pressure, television viewing, and physical activity
in African American and Asian American inner city children. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109(9), Supplement 1, A94.

  • The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between
    body mass index (BMI), breakfast consumption, blood pressure (BP),
    physical activity, hours of television viewing, in
    low income Asian America and African American (AA) children.

Hastings, E.C., Karas, T.L., Winsler, A., Wa,y E., Madigan, A., & Tyler, S. (2009). Young children's video/computer game use: Relations with school performance and behavior. Issues Ment Health Nurs.30(10), 638-49.

  • This study examined the amount and content of children's video game playing in relation with behavioral and academic outcomes.

Kirkorian, H.L., Pempek, T.A., Murphy, L.A., Schmidt,  M.E. & Anderson, D.R.(2009).The impact of background television on parent–child interaction. Child Development, 80(5), 1350-1359.

  • This study investigated the hypothesis that background television affects interactions between parents and very young children.

Roseberry, S., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Parish-Morris, J.,  & Golinkoff, R.M. (2009). Live action: Can young children learn verbs
from video? Child Development, 80(5), 1360-1375.

  • These three studies of 96 children aged 30–42 months investigated their ability to learn verbs from video.

Taveras, E.M., Hohman, K.H., Price, Gortmaker, S.L., & Sonneville, K. (2009).Televisions in the bedrooms of racial/ethnic minority children: How did they get there and how do we get them out? Clin Pediatr 48(7), 715-719.

  • This study described the prevalence of TVs in the bedrooms of an urban, largely racial/ethnic minority population of children and parents’ reasons for putting the TV in their child’s room. 


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