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

Gershoff, E. T.; Aber, J.L.; Ware, J. & Kotler, J.A. (2010). Exposure to 9/11 among youth and their mothers in New York City: Enduring associations with mental health and sociopolitical attitudes. Child Development, 81(4),1142–1160.

  • The authors found that direct exposure to the terrorist attack was associated with youth depression symptoms and with mothers’ post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Media exposure was found to be a strong predictor of youth’s and mothers’ sociopolitical attitudes about issues such as prejudice toward immigrants, social mistrust, and current events.

Kupersmidt, J.B.; Scull, T.M. & Austin,  E.W. (2010). Media literacy education for elementary school substance use prevention: Study of media detective. Pediatrics, Published online August 23.

  • The authors found that after using the Media Detective program, boys reported significantly less interest in alcohol-branded merchandise than boys that did not participated in the program. Also, students who were in the Media Detective group and had used alcohol or tobacco in the past reported significantly less intention to use and more self-efficacy to refuse substances.

Shargorodsky, J.; Curhan, S.G.; Curhan, G.C.; & Eavey, R. (2010). Change in prevalence of hearing loss in US adolescents. JAMA, 304(7), 772-778.

  • The authors found that the prevalence of hearing loss among a sample of US adolescents aged 12 to 19 years was greater in 2005-2006 compared with 1988-1994. Some risk factors, such as loud sound exposure from listening to music, may be of particular importance to adolescents.

Shochat, T.; Flint-Bretler, O.; & Tzischinsky, O. (2010). Sleep patterns, electronic media exposure and daytime sleep-related behaviours among Israeli adolescents. Acta Pædiatrica, 99(9),1396-1400.

  • The authors found that poor sleep patterns in Israeli adolescents are related to excessive electronic media habits (3 h for television and 2.5 h for internet) and daytime sleep-related problems.

Wacogne, I. & Scott-Jupp, R. (2010). The role of Google in children's health. Arch Dis Child, 95, 576-577. FREE PDF

  • Increasingly, both families and doctors use Google to seek medical advice and information. The authors argue that their role as health professionals is to remain abreast of the information their patients and families consult, to be able to better guide searches, and place the results into helpful context. 

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