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Today, there were two new research articles on media and health in the August issue of Pediatrics:

The first study measured whether watching professional wrestling on television lead high school students to increased fighting with their dating partners.  In a longitudinal study of over 2,200 students, researchers found "significant correlations" between how often students watched wrestling on television and how often they fought with their dating partner, fought with others, and carried weapons. 

The second study measured teens’ music listening habits and their sexual behavior to see whether their was a correlation.  In this 2 year study of over 1,400 adolescents, researchers found that youth who listened to more degrading music were more likely to advance their sexual behavior at a faster rate than those who listened to non-degrading music. 

You can find more research on the effects of music lyrics in the CMCH Database of Research.

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