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Children, Adolescents, and the Media

Children, Adolescents, and the Media

Third Edition
  • Victor C. Strasburger - University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuqueque, NM, USA
  • Barbara J. Wilson - Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Amy B. Jordan - Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania

© 2014 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A comprehensive, research-oriented background to the developmental impact of the varied interactions children and adolescents have with the modern media. The approach is grounded in the media-effects tradition. The authors target areas most controversial and at the heart of debates about mass media and public health, thus equipping students to approach the media as critical consumers.

Each chapter provides the latest research and seminal studies on such issues as advertising, violence, video games, sexuality, drugs, body image and eating disorders, music, and the Internet. Because research alone can be dry and difficult to follow, each chapter is liberally sprinkled with illustrations, examples from the media, cartoons and other illustrations, policy debates, and real-life instances of media impact. Also found throughout are sections on media literacy and recommendations for how students can help in the search for solutions to current media-related problems.

The Third Edition includes new chapters illustrating beneficial aspects of the media, including possibilities for encouraging pro-social development and educational media.

Children and Adolescents: Unique Audiences
Prosocial and Educational Media
Media Violence
Sex, Sexuality, and the Media
Drugs and the Media
Obesity, Eating Disorders, and the Media
Edward Donnerstein
The Internet
Megan Moreno
Social Networking
Jeanne Brockmyer
Video Games
Family and Media
Robert McCannon
Media Literacy
Children’s Media Policy

This is an easy to read yet incredibly detailed account of the issues facing children and adolescents exposed to the ever-changing world of media and technology. Both classic and more contemporary research is included to support the topics explored. The exercises at the end of each chapter are thought provoking and useful for group discussion tasks to introduce each topic. An excellent text.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology , Petroc
February 7, 2016

An excellent resource for research of modern childhood. This book covers every aspect of the media influence that affect children and adolescence behaviour and development in modern society.

Ms Lisa M Bradley
Applied Social Science (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
August 10, 2015

Very relevant and up to date research. It is suitable at both undergraduate and postgraduate level which is one of my main reasons for adopting this book. I also enjoyed the relevance from early years to adolescence.

Miss Maeve Dempsey
Institute of Technology Carlow, Institute of Technology Carlow
October 14, 2015

The course for which this textbook is designed has been pushed back to 2017; unless this is one of the best texts that I have a valuated that focuses on children and the media. The challenge is a lot of assumptions and is greater than the sum of its parts.

Professor Jeffrey Johnson
ACHORD, University Of Alberta
February 2, 2015

This is a very informative book and will provide good support to the course

Mrs Diane Forrester
Community Studies, Truro College
May 6, 2015

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