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

Courage, M.L., Murphy, A.N., Goulding, S., & Setliff, A.E. (2010). When the television is on: The impact of infant-directed video on 6- and 18-month-olds' attention during toy play and on parent-infant interaction. Infant Behav Dev. Available online January 26.

  • This study examined the pattern of a group of infants' and their parents' attention to toys, a commercially available infant-directed video, and each other in a 20min free-play context as a function of whether the television was on or off.

Pechmann, C., & Wang, L. (2010). Effects of directly and indirectly competing reference group messages and persuasion knowledge: Implications for educational placements. Journal of Marketing Research, 47(1), 134-145.

  • Two experiments, conducted among 2850 adolescents, test versions of a real television program with an antismoking educational placement against a control.

Tandon, P. S., J. Wright, et al. (2010). Nutrition menu labeling may lead to lower-calorie restaurant meal choices for children. Pediatrics, 125(2), 244-248.

  • The aim of this study was to determine whether nutrition labeling on restaurant menus would lead to lower-calorie choices for children.

Thompson, D.A., Sibinga, E.M., Jennings, J.M., Bair-Merritt, M. H., & Christakis, D.A. (2010). Television viewing by young Hispanic children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med., 164(2), 174-179.

  • This study aims to determine if hours of daily television viewed by varying age groups of young children with Hispanic mothers differs by maternal language preference and to compare these differences with young children with white mothers.

Tongren, J.E., Sites, A., Zwickerb, K., & Pelletier, A. (2010). Injury-prevention practices as depicted in G- and PG-rated movies, 2003–2007. Pediatrics, 125(2), 290-294.

  • The goal of this study was to determine if the depiction of injury-prevention practices in children's movies is different from what was reported from 2 earlier studies, which showed infrequent depiction of characters practicing recommended safety behaviors.


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