Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:
Farrell, K. & Holmes-Walker, D.J. (2011). Mobile phone support is associated with reduced ketoacidosis in young adults. Diabetic Medicine, 28(8), 1001-1004.
- The researchers found that mobile phone support is associated with reduced progression of ketosis to diabetic ketoacidosis in young adults despite poor diabetes control.
Laz, T.H. & Berenson, A.B. (2011). Association of Web-based weight loss information use with weight reduction behaviors in adolescent women. The Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 49(4), 446-448.
- This study found that many young women engage in unhealthy weight loss behaviors which they may learn online. Interventions are needed to instruct young women on safe practices to lose weight.
Li, D., Liau, A., and Khoo, A., et al. (2011). Examining the influence of actual-ideal self-discrepancies, depression, and escapism, on pathological aming among massively multiplayer online adolescent gamers. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14(9), 535-539.
- The present study suggests that pathological behaviors may be over-regulated coping strategies of approaching the ideal self and avoiding the actual self.
Sisson, S.B., Broyles, S.T., Baker, B.L., et al. (2011). Television, reading, and computer time: correlates of school-day leisure-time sedentary behavior and relationship with overweight in children in the U.S. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 8 (Suppl 2), S188-197. FULL TEXT.
- The study authors found that TV was associated with overweight classification; however, nonschool computer usage and reading were not. Several individual, family, and community correlates were associated with high volumes of daily TV viewing.
Tremblay, M.S., Leblanc, A.G., Kho, M.E., et al. (2011). Systematic review of sedentary behaviour and health indicators in school-aged children and youth. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8(1), 98. FULL TEXT.
- This review found that there is a large body of evidence from all study designs which suggests that decreasing any type of sedentary time is associated with lower health risk in youth aged 5-17 years. In particular, the evidence suggests that daily TV viewing in excess of 2 hours is associated with reduced physical and psychosocial health, and that lowering sedentary time leads to reductions in BMI.
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