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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

March 2013 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Children, Adolescents, and the Media, Third Edition provides a comprehensive, research-oriented overview of how the media impact the lives of children and adolescents in modern society. The approach is grounded in a developmental perspective, focusing on how young people of different ages and levels of cognitive, emotional, and social development interact with the media. Incorporating the most up-to-date research available, Authors Victor C. Strasburger, Barbara J. Wilson, and Amy B. Jordan target areas most controversial and at the heart of debates about the media and public health—equipping students to approach the media as critical consumers.

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

Good resource

Mrs Emma Barton
Department of Applied Psychology, University of Cumbria
November 11, 2013

An excellent, stimulating book addressing contemporary issues. Clearly written, using research findings and theory to underpin discussion. This is an engaging read, and a valuable resource for those working with children, young people and families.

Mrs Susan Perryman
School of Health & Social Care, Oxford Brookes University
October 22, 2013

The updated version of this text is both theoretically comprehensive and timely, addressing issues surrounding children's media exposure that should be considered among any student of this topic.

Dr Bradley Bond
Communication Studies Dept, University of San Diego
August 5, 2013

Love this book! Easy to read, clear and well written. Very accessible.

Mrs Annie Ostapenko-Denton
Community Studies, Truro College
June 18, 2013

This book is fantastic and it will be on my essential reading for students. I find this book very useful and it will play a huge role in the course i am to teach.

Miss Rachael Rodgers
Digital media , Doncaster College
June 15, 2013
Key features


  • A new chapter on Social Networking provides thorough coverage of the risks and opportunities children and adolescents face in their use of social media.
  • A new chapter on Media Policy covers key federal regulations as well as the media and advertising industries' own self-regulatory efforts. Chapters on educational and prosocial media are combined to show the links between the two topics.
  • All chapters have been updated in terms of research, focusing on newer studies conducted since 2007.
  • Content originally found in the chapter on rock music and music videos is now woven into chapters elsewhere in book.
  • More focus is given to children's round-the-clock exposure to media through handheld and personalized media devices, including how babies use and are impacted by media.
  • Updated examples throughout discuss popular media products and programming for children and teens.


  • Each chapter provides the latest media effects research and seminal studies on such issues as advertising, violence, video games, sexuality, drugs, body image and eating disorders, music, and the Internet.
  • Each chapter is filled with illustrations, charts and figures, examples from the media, cartoons, and real-life instances of media impact.
  • Included throughout are sections on media literacy and recommendations for how students can help in the search for solutions to current media-related problems.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 9

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