How Media Affect Children's Health

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Dr. Victor Strasburger, chief of the division of Adolescent Medicine, University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics, addresses recent research on how the media affects the health and well-being of children and adolescents in an article appearing today on the online version of Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The article will also be published in the April print edition.

In the article, “Health Effects of Media on Children and Adolescents,” Strasburger reviews the research that has found that media can influence children’s beliefs and behaviors in terms of violence and aggression, sex, substance abuse, obesity and eating disorders.

Strasburger also addresses how media can be a positive influence and teach children empathy, tolerance toward people of other races and respect for their elders, as well as convey important public health messages.

In the article, Strasburger provides recommendations for parents, health care practitioners, schools, the entertainment industry and the government to increase the benefits and reduce the harm that media can have.

For the full article, visit http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/papbyrecent.dtl.

To request an interview with Dr. Strasburger, contact him at (505) 272-0338 or vstrasburger@salud.unm.edu.


Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322

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