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

Abramson, M.J., Benke, G.P., Dimitriadis, C., Inyang, I.O., Sim, M.R., Wolfe, R.S. & Croft, R.J. (2010). Mobile telephone use is associated with changes in cognitive function in young adolescents. Bioelectromagnetics, 30(8), 678-86.

  • This study examined the relationship between mobile phones and changes cognitive function in secondary school students.

He, M., Piché, L., Beynon, C. &  Harris, S. (2010) Screen-related sedentary behaviors: Children's and parents' attitudes, motivations, and practices. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 42 (1),  17-25.

  • This study investigates school-aged children's and parents'
    attitudes, social influences, and intentions toward excessive
    screen-related sedentary behavior.

Henson, C., Chapman, S., McLeod, L., Johnson, N. & Hickie, I. (2010). Room for improvement: Mixed portrayal of young people with mental illness on Australian television news. Aust N Z J Psychiatry, Available Online January 4.

  • The aim of the present study was to review television news depiction of mental illness in children and adolescents to test the hypothesis that positive portrayals of adults with mental illness also apply to young people.

Strenziok, M. et al. (2010) Lower lateral orbitofrontal cortex density associated with more frequent exposure to television and movie violence in male adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health,  Available online 13 January.

  • The relationship between cortical grey matter density and media violence exposure in healthy male adolescents was investigated using voxel-based morphometry and the Childrens' Report of Exposure to Violence.

Zimmerman, F.J. &  Bell, J.F. (2010). Associations of television content type and obesity in children. American Journal of Public Health, 100 (2), 334-340.

  • The researchers tested the associations of content types of
    children's television viewing with subsequent body mass index (BMI) to
    assess the plausibility of different causal pathways.


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