I’m concerned about my 21-year-old making wooden guns for her cosplay costume based on a violent video game character – what should I do?

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Q: My 21-year-old daughter and her 26-year-old boyfriend are making wooden replica guns and other weapon accessories for a cos-play convention based on the action video game, “Fallout 4”. I expressed my concerns about these games and how they can affect young peoples’ behavior and views on violence. My daughter’s response – of course – was… Read more »

Latest Studies Added to the CMCH Database of Research

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Check out some of these studies recently added to our database of research. Lin, M.P., et al. (2011). Prevalence and psychosocial risk factors associated with internet addiction in a nationally representative sample of college students in Taiwan. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14(12), 741-746. Do young people with Internet addiction also have psychological problems? Lyndon,… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Here are some studies that were recently added to the CMCH Database of Research. Behm-Morawitz, E., & Mastro, D.E. (2008). Mean girls? The influence of gender portrayals in teen movies on emerging adults' gender-based attitudes and beliefs. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 85(1), 131-146. This study found that teen movies imply a sense of normality… Read more »

Research, News and Resources for Dealing With Tragedy

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We at CMCH were deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. We thought it might be helpful to provide you with links to research, words of peace, and helpful resources for helping children and families cope with tragic circumstances and violent acts. CMCH's sister blog, Ask the… Read more »

Connections in News, Media, and Research: National Bullying Prevention Month Edition

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In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month (October), we are highlighting some recent news and studies available in our database that are related to children/adolescents, the media, and bullying/cyberbullying. National Bullying Prevention Month is an initiative of the PACER Center, which is dedicated to supporting and empowering families and children with disabilities. A mid-September article… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-Feb.21

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Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: Isaksen, K. J. & Roper, S. (2012). The commodification of self-esteem: Branding and British teenagers. Psychology and Marketing, 29(3), 117-135.  This study found that adolescents appear to have a striking awareness of the role of branding, advertising, and peer pressure… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-Feb 14

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Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: Christofides, E., Muise, A., & Desmarais, S. (2012). Risky disclosures on Facebook: The effect of having a bad experience on online behavior. Journal of Adolescent Research. Available Online January 17.  This study found that participants who experience negative consequences are… Read more »

Research Toolbox: CMCH Database- Advanced Search

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The CMCH Database of Research (DoR) can be searched using three different tools: Advanced Search, Guided Search, and Browse by CMCH Subject. Today were are going to explore the Advanced Search function and try out an example search for violence and video games. Step One: Go to the CMCH DoR Advanced Search page. Here you… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-Oct.18

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Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: American Academy of Pediatrics. (2011). Media use by children younger than 2 years. Pediatrics. Available Online October 17. FULL TEXT. This policy statement reaffirms the 1999 statement with respect to media use in infants and children younger than 2… Read more »