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The Handbook of Children, Media and Development brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts in the fields of developmental psychology, developmental science, communication, and medicine to provide an authoritative, comprehensive look at the empirical research on media and media policies within the field.
  • 25 newly-commissioned essays bring new research to the forefront, especially on digital media, developmental research, and public policy debates
  • Includes helpful introductions to each section, a theoretical overview of the field, and a final chapter that offers a vision of future research
  • Contributors include key, international authorities in the field
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Editorial Reviews

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“This handbook provides readers a balanced approach in understanding the role of the media in the lives of children and adolescents.” (PsycCRITIQUES, April 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405144179
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Handbooks in Communication and Media Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra L. Calvert, the Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, is a Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, she has consulted for Nickelodeon Online, Sesame Workplace, Blue’s Clues, and Sega of America, to influence the development of children’s television programs, Internet software, and video games. She is author of Children’s Journeys through the Information Age (1999), and co-editor of Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development (2002).

Barbara J. Wilson is a Professor and Head of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is co-author of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (2002) and three book volumes of the National Television Violence Study (1997-1998).

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Table of Contents

Foreword Aletha C. Huston Huston, Aletha C.

Introduction: Media and Children's Development Sandra L. Calvert Calvert, Sandra L. Barbara J. Wilson Wilson, Barbara J. 1

Pt. I Historical, Conceptual, and Financial Underpinnings of Media 5

1 Historical and Recurring Concerns about Children's Use of the Mass Media Ellen Wartella Wartella, Ellen Michael Robb Robb, Michael 7

2 Business Models for Children's Media Alice Cahn Cahn, Alice Terry Kalagian Kalagian, Terry Catherine Lyon Lyon, Catherine 27

Pt. II Media Access and Differential Use Patterns 49

3 Media Use Across Childhood: Access, Time, and Content Ronda Scantlin Scantlin, Ronda 51

4 Children, Race, Ethnicity, and Media Bradley S. Greenberg Greenberg, Bradley S. Dana E. Mastro Mastro, Dana E. 74

5 Gender, Media Use, and Effects Stacey J. T. Hust Hust, Stacey J. T. Jane D. Brown Brown, Jane D. 98

6 Media and the Family Alison Alexander Alexander, Alison 121

Pt. III Cognitive Effects of Media: How and What Children Learn 141

7 Attention and Learning from Media during Infancy and Early Childhood Rachel Barr Barr, Rachel 143

8 Media Symbol Systems and Cognitive Processes Kaveri Subrahmanyam Subrahmanyam, Kaveri Patricia Greenfield Greenfield, Patricia 166

9 Learning from Educational Media Heather L. Kirkorian Kirkorian, Heather L. Daniel R. Anderson Anderson, Daniel R. 188

10 News, Reality Shows, and Children's Fears: Examining Content Patterns, Theories, and Negative Effects Stacy L. Smith Smith, Stacy L. Katherine M. Pieper Pieper, Katherine M. Emily J. Moyer-Guse Moyer-Guse, Emily J. 214

Pt. IV Social Effects of Media 235

11 Media Violence and Aggression in Youth Barbara J. Wilson Wilson,Barbara J. 237

12 Prosocial Effects of Media Exposure Marie-Louise Mares Mares, Marie-Louise Edward Palmer Palmer, Edward Tia Sullivan Sullivan, Tia 268

13 Make-Believe Play, Imagination, and Creativity: Links to Children's Media Exposure Dorothy G. Singer Singer, Dorothy G. Jerome L. Singer Singer, Jerome L. 290

14 Parasocial and Online Social Relationships Cynthia Hoffner Hoffner, Cynthia 309

15 Fear Responses to Media Entertainment Patti M. Valkenburg Valkenburg, Patti M. Moniek Buijzen Buijzen, Moniek 334

Pt. V Health Effects of Media 353

16 Media Use and Childhood Obesity Elizabeth A. Vandewater Vandewater, Elizabeth A. Hope M. Cummings Cummings, Hope M. 355

17 Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders Kristen Harrison Harrison, Kristen Veronica Hefner Hefner, Veronica 381

18 Media and Advertising Effects Brian Young Young, Brian 407

19 Adolescents and Media Messages about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Dina L. G. Borzekowski Borzekowski, Dina L. G. Victor C. Strasburger Strasburger, Victor C. 432

Pt. VI Media Policy and Interventions 453

20 The Children's Television Act Sandra L. Calvert Calvert, Sandra L. 455

21 Regulating the Media: Sexually Explicit Content Joah G. Iannotta Iannotta, Joah G. 479

22 Media-Related Policies of Professional Health Organizations Marie Evans Schmidt Schmidt, Marie Evans David S. Bickham Bickham, David S. Amy Branner Branner, Amy Michael Rich Rich, Michael 503

23 The Rating Systems for Media Products Douglas A. Gentile Gentile, Douglas A. 527

24 Parent and School Interventions: Mediation and Media Literacy Jennifer L. Chakroff Chakroff, Jennifer L. Amy I. Nathanson Nathanson, Amy I. 552

Author Index 577

Subject Index 596

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