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

Bersamin, M. M.; Bourdeau, B.; Fisher, D.A.; &  Grube, J.W. (2010). Television use, sexual behavior, and relationship status at last oral  sex and vaginal intercourse. Sexuality & Culture: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly,14(2), 157-168. 

  • The study results indicate that sexually inexperienced youth watched more television overall than sexually experienced youth however, sexually active youth watched more cable television and were more likely to be in casual relationship at last intercourse than a committed one.

Carlson, S.A., Fulton, J.E.; Lee, S.M.;Foley, J.T. ; Heitzler, C.; & Huhman, M.(2010). Influence of limit-setting and participation in physical activity on youth screen time. Pediatrics, Available online June 14.

  • Parental rules regarding screen time and participation in physical activity play a role in the amount of screen time among children and adolescents. Programs that encourage limit-setting by parents and promote physical activity may reduce screen time among youth.

Helmrich, B. H. (2010). Window of opportunity? Adolescence, music, and algebra. Journal of Adolescent Research,  25(4), 557-577.

  • This study found that students enrolled in formal instrumental or choral music instruction during middle school did better in algebra than  those who experienced neither of those modes of musical instruction.

Linebarger, D.L & Vaala, S.E. (2010). Screen media and language development in infants and toddlers: An ecological perspective. Developmental Review, 30(2), 176-202.

  • This study revealed that infants and toddlers can learn from screen media depending on how the media content resembles infants’ and toddlers’ real-life experiences including the use of simple stories and familiar objects or routines. It also revealed that the presence of a co-viewer appears to boost babies’ language learning from screen media.
Springer, A.E. et al (2010). Parental influences on television watching among children living on the Texas-Mexico border. Preventive Medicine, Available online 1 June 2010

  • This study found that children who had TV rules were on average 1.5 times more likely to meet the AAP recommendation for weekend and weekday TV watching,       

Use the free CMCH Database of Research to find other studies on children, media, and health

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