New studies in the CMCH Database of Research

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Check out these studies recently added to the CMCH database: Bergen, D., & Davis, D. (2011). Influences of technology-related playful activity and thought on moral development. American Journal of Play, 4(1), 80-99. Developmental psychologists and early childhood educators are often big proponents of play, as it promotes healthy social and behavioral development, as well as… 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-June 7

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Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Calado, M., Lameiras, M., et al. (2011). The association between exposure to mass media and body dissatisfaction among Spanish adolescents. Women's Health Issues. Available online June 5.  This study found that mass media exposure to a specific kind of… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-March 22

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Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Levin-Zamir, D., Lemish, D. & Gofin, R. (2011). Media Health Literacy (MHL): development and measurement of the concept among adolescents. Health Education Research, 26(2), 323-335. The findings suggest that as a determinant of adolescent health behavior, this model of MHL… Read more »

2010 Positive Media Use Research Wrap-Up

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What research has been done on positive children's media use? The good news is that media researchers around the world are exploring the positive ways in which the media are impacting children's learning, identity, physical and emotional well-being. We have highlighed a few positive media studies in our blog that have been published in 2010…. Read more »

How can I tactfully ask our family not to give my kids character toys?

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Q: I don’t want to seem ungrateful, and I know my children would probably like the Dora or Batman version of toys, but I just find that sort of commercialism unnecessary. How can I tell my family that we’d prefer they not get the character versions of toys when giving my kids gifts?
A: Let your family know how important it is to you that your child make up her own stories during plattime instead of having her playtime scripted by pre-digested plotlines.

Is sexting a sign of early sexual activity?

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Q: I thought I had a handle on my 15 year old’s texting habits, but I recently found some sexually explicit texts between him and a 12 year-old friend. Are my son and his friend more likely to jump into sexual activity, since they have been so daring in their texts?
A: A report from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy shows that 40% of all teen boys report having sent a sexually suggestive text, so your son and you are part of a growing proportion of families…
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®