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

Carson, V.; Spence, J.C.; Cutumisu, N. &  Cargill, L. (2010). Association between neighborhood socioeconomic status and screen time among pre-school children: A cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 10(1), 367. Available online June 24. FREE ARTICLE

  • The authors found that girls living in low SES neighborhoods engaged in significantly more weekly overall screen time and TV/movie minutes compared to girls living in high SES neighborhoods. The same relationship was not observed in boys. Children living in low SES neighborhoods were significantly more likely to be video game users and less likely to be computer users compared to children living in high SES neighborhoods.

Elliott, P.; et al. (2010). Mobile phone base stations and early childhood cancers: Case-control study. BMJ, Published online 22 June.

  • This study found no association between risk of early childhood cancers and estimates of the mother’s exposure to mobile phone base stations during pregnancy.

Lemmens, J.S., Valkenburg, P.M., & Peter, J. (2010).The effects of pathological gaming on aggressive behavior. J Youth Adolesc. Available online June 13.

  • The authors’ found that higher levels of pathological gaming predicted an increase in time spent playing games 6 months later. Time spent playing violent games specifically, and not just games per se,  increased physical aggression.

Millington, B. & Wilson, B. (2010). Context masculinities: Media consumption, physical education, and youth identities. American Behavioral Scientist, 53(11), 1669-1688.

  • The authors of this study argue that youth are flexible in their interpretations/performances of masculinity according to context however, their critiques of gender portrayals are limited by structures that normalize hegemonic masculinities.

Torsheim, T.; Eriksson, L.; Schnohr, C.W.; Fredrik Hansen, F.; Bjarnason, T. & Valimaa, R. (2010). Screen-based activities and physical complaints among adolescents from the Nordic countries. BMC Public Health, 10, 324. FREE ARTICLE

  • The observed associations indicate that time spent on screen-based activity is a contributing factor to physical complaints among young people, and that effects accumulate across different types of screen-based activities

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