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

Chia, S.C.(2010). How social Influence mediates media effects on adolescents’ materialism. Communication Research, 37(3), 400-419

  • Study results showed that an adolescent’s exposure to advertising was both directly and indirectly associated with his or her materialistic values.

Custers, K. & Van den Bulck, J. (2010). Television viewing, computer game play and book reading during meals are predictors of meal skipping in a cross-sectional sample of 12-, 14- and 16-year-olds. Public Health Nutr., 13(4),537-543.

  • This study found that the use of media (TV, computer)  during meals predicts meal skipping for using that same medium. The more meals the respondents ate with the entire family, the less likely they were to skip meals to watch television.

Helsper, E.J. (2010). Gendered Internet use across generations and life stages. Communication Research, 37(3), 352-374.

  • The study findings suggest that gender differences vary for different life stages related to occupation and marital status, especially for male uses.

Toma, C.L. &  Hancock. J.T. (2010). Looks and lies: The role of physical attractiveness in online dating self-presentation and deception. Communication Research, 37(3), 335-351.

  • Results show that the lower online daters’ attractiveness, the more likely they were to enhance their profile photographs and lie about their physical descriptors (height, weight, age).

Weis, R. & Cerankosky, B.C. (2010). Effects of video-game ownership on young boys' academic and behavioral functioning: a randomized, controlled study.  Psychol Sci., 21(4), 463-70.

  • This study shows evidence that video games may displace after-school activities that have educational value and may interfere with the development of reading and writing skills in some children.

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One Response to “Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-May 18”

  1. Jeannine Cantu

    That’s interesting, never thought of such an impact of the television advertising. I mean I don’t like most of the advertising but now I’m a little worried about my children watching television that often.


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