Research Toolbox: Studies on Substance Abuse and Media

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According to NIDA's 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey (High School and Youth Trends), cigarette smoking is at its lowest among students in grades 8, 10, and 12. On the other hand, Marijuana use rates have remained steady  and non-medical use of Vicodin and Oxycodin increased in the past 5 years. To kick off NIDA's National… Read more »

How should I explain to my child that her favorite pop star is having emotional issues?

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Q: My 6-year-old adores singer/actress Demi Lovato. How can I talk to her about the reports that she is experiencing emotional issues and may have an eating disorder?
A: The most important conversation you can have with your daughter about this issue is one that separates this pop star’s image from who she really is as a young girl…
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-November 2

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Calamaro, C.J. et al. (2010). Shortened sleep duration does not predict obesity in adolescents. Journal Of Sleep Research,19(4), 559-566. The authors found that environmental factors including TV ≥ 2 h per day and depression were significantly associated with obesity; shortened sleep… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-June 17

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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… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- May 11

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Barr, R.,  Shuck, L., Salerno, K., Atkinson, E., & Linebarger, D.L.(2010). Music interferes with learning from television during infancy. Infant and Child Development, 19(3), 313-331 The authors concluded that music soundtrack creates additional cognitive load and disrupts selective infant’s attention to… Read more »

Research Toolbox: Recently Published Books

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Recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: New Books Children, Media and Culture by Maire Messenger Davies This book addresses the continuing concerns around media ‘effects’ and critically examines the view that technology has dramatically changed modern children’s lives. Mashup Cultures by Sonvilla-Weiss & Stefan (Eds.) This volume brings… Read more »