Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media
- Jeffrey Jensen Arnett - Clark University/Tufts University, USA
Developmental Psychology (General) | Education | Mass Communication (General)
The Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts on the media's interaction with children and adolescents. With over 400 entries, the two volumes of this resource cover the traditional and electronic media and their controversial impact - for good and ill - on children and adolescents.
Key features include:
- provides cross-disciplinary coverage from the fields of psychology, education, media studies and communication, sociology and public policy;
- offers a cross-cultural perspective with internationally contributing authors;
- includes entries covering television, film, video games, the Internet, magazines and music;
- explores complex and difficult topics such as violence, sex, rating systems and warning labels, attention-deficit disorder, body image and eating disorders, popular music lyrics, advertising, digital music downloading, parental involvement, policymaking and child development.
"With the support of four associate editors from various sociological- and communications- related disciplines, Arnett has created an outstanding research tool for both the specialized field researcher and the interested lay reader. The 400-plus entries, composed by 250 academic specialists from around the globe, are well reasoned and highly accessible. Excellent connections are drawn between empirical research and media theory, while 'further readings' titles are consistently offered. A valuable tool for understanding the media's impact on self-image construction and emergent social relations, this set is highly recommended for communications, social science, and childhood development collections."
"The inclusion of numerous entries addressing research methods for the study of youth and media, theories about the effects of youth media consumption, cross-cultural perspectives on media effects, and the use of media internationally sets this reference work apart from its predecessors. The general readability, ease of use, and introductory treatment of the subjects make this work suitable for students in a variety of disciplines."
"Arnett has created an outstanding research tool for both the specialized field researcher and the interested lay reader."
"As media of all kinds become more pervasive, their effects on children and adolescents is much discussed and debated, and this encyclopedia pulls together research on topics related to young people's daily media experience. Broad areas of coverage (as outlined in "Readers Guide") include advertising; advocacy groups; computers and electronic media; gender and sexuality; movies, music, and television; public policy; and violence and aggression, among others. Although the cost is substantial, this resource should be valuable at both academic institutions and large public libraries since there is no other like it. Libraries with online book collections should watch for it as part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Highly recommended."
"The editor relied on an editorial board of acknowledged experts in their respective disciplines and on literally hundreds of contributors for as many entries from A to Z. He should be congratulated for what I consider a labor of love.In it, they will find the base for almost any conceivable topic they need to consult and use in parenting, clinical or preventive practice, applied and pure research, and teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. What more can one ask for?"