Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health:
Beasley, N., et al. (2012). The Quest To Lava Mountain: Using video games for dietary change in children. The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, available online 6 July 2012.
- This study looked at the effects on elementary school children of an educational video game aimed at combatting obesity and bad eating habits. The game used stealth learning techniques and incorporated concepts about nutrition, sustainable farming, and physical activity to teach children healthy lifestyle practices.
Chatterjee, K. & Markham Shaw, C. (2012). Media portrayals of the female condom. Journal of Health Communication, available 9 July 2012.
- This study of sixteen years of advertising looks at positive and negative depictions of the female condom in broadcast and print media. The researchers discuss the implications of these portrayals and their effect on young women aged 15 to 24 and look at statistics on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to determine their relationships to advertising and health literacy.
Christakis, D.A., et al. (2012). Improving parental adherence with asthma treatment guidelines: A randomized controlled trial of an interactive website. Academic Pediatrics, 12(4), 302-311.
- This study tracked parents of asthmatic children for six months as they learned to use an interactive website to track children's asthma symptoms and treatment. As parents inputted information into the website, they received tailored suggestions for further treatment. The study found that this was helpful in controlling children's symptoms.
Gopinath, B., et al. (2012). Physical activity and sedentary behaviors and health-related quality of life in adolescents. Pediatrics, 130(1), 167-174.
- Researchers looked into associations between physical activity and sedentary activity, like video game watching, to assess the health quality of life in adolescents. Findings indicate that more sedentary activity is associated with less physical activity, and researchers hope to improve their understanding in order to create effective interventions.
Ortega, R., et al. (2012). The emotional impact of bullying and cyberbullying on victims: A European cross-national study. Aggressive Behavior, available July 2012.
- This study strove to identify the difference between "traditional" bullying and 21st-century cyberbullying through cell phones and the Internet. Researchers defined emotional profiles for victims of both types of bullying based on type of bullying, gender, age, and other demographics.
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