Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-September 4, 2009

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Anschutz, D.J., Engels, R.C., Becker, E.S., Van Strien, T. (2009). The effects of TV commercials using less thin models on young women's mood, body image and actual food intake. Body Image, Available Online August 19. This… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies on Children, Media and Health- August 7, 2009.

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Early Childhood Care, 179(6), August 2009 Special Issue: Music in the early years: Research, theory and practice. Jenssen, B.P., Klein, J.D., Salazar,L.F., Daluga, N.A., DiClemente , R.J. (2009). Exposure to tobacco on the internet: Content analysis… Read more »

Wii Game Controversy Brewing

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Beer Pong may be known as a college party drinking game, but it has recently taken on a second life–as a video game. The Nintendo Wii, which many have used as a health-positive way to combine video games and exercise, is the platform for JV Games, Inc.’s Frat Party Games. The first game in the… Read more »

Music Lyrics: How Much Substance Use?

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The following was written by guest blogger Dr. Brian Primack, University of Pittsburgh researcher and author of the new study Content Analysis of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs in Popular Music. Let me start out by emphasizing what this article was not: it does not show the effect of music lyrics on young people.  It… Read more »

Tobacco Marketing Meta-Analysis and Other New Research

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In a powerful meta-analysis of 149 studies of tobacco media exposure on youth under 18, Wellman et al conclude that "exposure to pro-tobacco marketing and media increases the odds of youth holding positive attitudes toward tobacco use and more than doubles the odds of initiating tobacco use." Other new research in December includes: Robinson, J…. Read more »

Hollywood Company Agrees to Anti-smoking Ads Before Movies

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In September, the Attorneys General of 41 states sent a letter to Hollywood’s 13 major movie studios asking them to include anti-smoking public service announcements (PSA’s) before any movie containing smoking.  The Weinstein Company is the first to take action on this letter, agreeing to insert a truth campaign PSA into its upcoming DVD release… Read more »

New Research in Pediatrics and Tobacco Control

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October is apparently a hefty month for media research!  In addition to the 6 articles I posted about last week, there are five other new studies here: Published in Pediatrics, Connor examined food advertising on preschool-aimed children and found that most advertisers focused on creating lifelong brand-loyalty rather than generating immediate sales.  CMCH Director, Dr…. Read more »

2 New Articles About Movies

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Jamieson et al have published an article titled Do Films About Mentally Disturbed Characters Promote Ineffective Coping in Vulnerable Youth? in the October issue of Journal of Adolescence.  They found that the more exposure depressed teens had to films depicting mentally disturbed characters, the less likely they were to believe that professional mental help treatment… Read more »

MMWR Report – Alcohol Radio Advertising

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This week’s MMWR report is titled Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertising on Radio.  After studying ads for the top 25 alcohol brands in the top 104 media markets, researchers found that 49% of the ads were on programs where the audience was disproportionately composed of youth under the legal drinking age.   

New Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising Research

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This week, 3 new studies on alcohol and tobacco advertising were released.  One study looked at the kinds and amount of alcohol and tobacco ads shown during televised sports.  After content analysis of 83 hours of televised sports, the author found that although commercials for tobacco and alcohol commercials have somewhat decreased as a result… Read more »