The Handbook of Children, Media and Development. Handbooks in Communication and Media

  • ID: 2383065
  • Book
  • 634 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Media use starts early, in the first year of life. Initial experiences are controlled by parents and caregivers, but increasingly give way to children′s preferences as favorite programs and preferred modes of interaction emerge. The degree to which these experiences are a positive as well as a negative source of developmental change in the cognitive, social, and health areas is an ongoing intellectual debate with significant implications for today′s society.

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, up–to–date look at the empirical research on media and media policies within the field.

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Notes on Editors and Contributors.

Foreword (Aletha C. Huston).


Introduction: Media and Children’s Development (Sandra L. Calvert and Barbara J. Wilson).

Part I: Historical, Conceptual, and Financial Underpinnings of Media.

1 Historical and Recurring Concerns about Children′s Use of the Mass Media (Ellen Wartella and Michael Robb).

2 Business Models for Children’s Media (Alice Cahn, Terry Kalagian, and Catherine Lyon).

Part II: Media Access and Differential Use Patterns.

3 Media Use Across Childhood: Access, Time, and Content (Ronda Scantlin).

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

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

6 Media and the Family (Alison Alexander).

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

7 Attention and Learning from Media during Infancy and Early Childhood (Rachel Barr).

8 Media Symbol Systems and Cognitive Processes (Kaveri Subrahmanyam and Patricia Greenfield).

9 Learning from Educational Media (Heather L. Kirkorian and Daniel R. Anderson).

10 News, Reality Shows, and Children′s Fears: Examining Content Patterns, Theories, and Negative Effects (Stacy L. Smith, Katherine M. Pieper, and Emily J. Moyer–Guse).

Part IV: Social Effects of Media.

11 Media Violence and Aggression in Youth (Barbara J. Wilson).

12 Prosocial Effects of Media Exposure (Marie–Louise Mares, Edward Palmer, and Tia Sullivan).

13 Make–Believe Play, Imagination, and Creativity: Links to Children′s Media Exposure (Dorothy G. Singer and Jerome L. Singer).

14 Parasocial and Online Social Relationships (Cynthia Hoffner).

15 Fear Responses to Media Entertainment (Patti M. Valkenburg and Moniek Buijzen).

Part V: Health Effects of Media.

16 Media Use and Childhood Obesity (Elizabeth A. Vandewater and Hope M. Cummings).

17 Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders (Kristen Harrison and Veronica Hefner).

18 Media and Advertising Effects (Brian Young).

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

Part VI: Media Policy and Interventions.

20 The Children’s Television Act (Sandra L. Calvert).

21 Regulating the Media: Sexually Explicit Content (Joah G. Iannotta).

22 Media–Related Policies of Professional Health Organizations (Marie Evans Schmidt, David S. Bickham, Amy Branner, and Michael Rich).

23 The Rating Systems for Media Products (Douglas A. Gentile0.

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

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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“This handbook is a meticulously researched ‘tour–de–force’ of the role media play in shaping child and family development. Through a multi–disciplinary analysis of the varied impacts the media are having on children′s learning, social interactions, and healthy development, the handbook offers an authoritative, balanced perspective, while identifying pressing issues to be addressed by policymakers. It is a must–read for those who wish to understand the rich and subtle ways media influence children′s lives every day.”

Michael Levine, PhD, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

“The Handbook of Children, Media and Development assembles the most accomplished researchers in the field and presents in–depth and theoretically driven analyses of the most important research advances, including novel theorizing on recent technological innovations in the media. Essential as a text or reference for students, scholars, and policymakers. Understandable to undergraduates, but with depth and accuracy that scholars will appreciate.”
Joanne Cantor, Director, Center for Communication Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison

“Calvert and Wilson have gathered together a collection of up–to–the–moment research on how children use and are influenced by various mass media, but also on the business models underlying the industry and an array of possible policies and interventions designed to protect children. Students, scholars, policymakers, and parents will all find this book an invaluable resource.”
Donald F. Roberts, Thomas More Storke Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

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