Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-April 9

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Check out these recently 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, Available online April 7. This study proposed a theoretical framework by which it can be identified how media influence and social influence interplay and produce… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-April 2

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Check out these recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Foley, L., & Maddison, R. (2010). Use of active video games to increase physical activity in children: A (virtual) reality? Pediatr Exerc Sci. 22(1), 7-20. The study assessed active video games as a means of increasing energy expenditure… Read more »

Research Toolbox: Recently Published Books

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Here is a list of recently published and upcoming titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: New Books High-Tech Tots: Childhood in a Digital World by Ilene R. Berson & Michael J. Berson (eds) The book examines theoretical assumptions as well as the application of innovative strategies that optimize the interface… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-March 26

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Check out these recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Brown, J.E., Broom, D.H., Nicholson, J.M., Bittman, M. (2010). Do working mothers raise couch potato kids? Maternal employment and children's lifestyle behaviours and weight in early childhood. Soc Sci Med., Available Online Feb 20. The research reported here… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- March 5

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Check out these recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:   Anderson, C.A., et al.(2010). Violent video game effects on aggression, empathy, and prosocial behavior in Eastern and Western countries. Psychological Bulletin, 136(2), 151-73. The authors used meta-analytic procedures to test the effects of violent video games on… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-February 26

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Dooley, J.D., Deshpande, S., & Adair, C.E. (2010). Comparing adolescent-focused obesity prevention and reduction messages. Journal of Business Research, 63(2), 154-160. This study tests the effects of adolescent-targeted obesity prevention messages (body-image, health benefit) with positive… Read more »

How do swear words factor in to a movie’s MPAA rating?

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Q: I let my 13-year-old watch the movie “Once” and I didn’t understand why it was rated R; there was some bad language but no irresponsible display of risky behavior like so many PG-13 movies I’ve seen. How do movie ratings work?
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician