Adolescent Health and Risk Communication

The Adolescent Health and Risk Communication Institute was established as part of the Annenberg Public Policy Center in January 2002 with a grant from the Annenberg Foundation. Originally called the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute, the program’s name was changed in 2015 to denote the inclusion of health as well as risk variables. The Institute’s mission is to promote healthy youth development by educating the public, scholarly community and policy-makers about the latest scientific advances in reducing risks to adolescent health. It does so by convening conferences of experts, conducting national surveys and performing externally funded research. The findings of these projects are communicated to both scholars and the public through books, scientific reports and on the Internet.

Distinguishing Hypotheses From Hyperbole in Studies of Media Violence: A Comment on Markey et al.

n alleging that Bushman et al. (2013) made sensational and unsubstantiated claims, Markey et al. (2015) mistake hypotheses for hyperbole. Moreover, in their effort to show that gun violence in PG-13 movies (for ages 13 and older) is unrelated to trends in population violence, they make unjustified demands on our data, with outcomes that are unconnected to hypothesized effects. Using outcomes in line with our hypotheses, we draw the contrary conclusion that recent trends in gun violence in youth are actually consistent with gun violence trends in PG-13 movies.

Monitoring, Mediating, and Modeling: Parental Influence on Adolescent Computer and Internet Use in the United States

Proliferating internet-accessible media have altered the home context, raising questions about parental influence on youth computer/internet use. This study examines parents’ monitoring, internet mediation, and modeling behaviors as predictors of adolescents’ computer/internet use among 629 US adolescents and their parents.

Brain Development and Risk Taking During Adolescence: Implications for Prevention of Anti-social Behavior

Although early conclusions regarding adolescent brain development tended to over-generalize, it is nevertheless the case that the onset of many mental health disorders occurs during adolescence, including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia (Romer and Walker, 2007). Substance use and other antisocial behaviors, including engagement in criminally violent behavior, also emerge during this life stage. This is not surprising because adolescence is a transitional period during which multiple maturational changes are accompanied by increasing societal expectations that encourage greater independence.

The Protective Effects of Parental Monitoring and Internet Restriction on Adolescents’ Risk of Online Harassment

With many adolescents using the internet to communicate with their peers, online harassment is on the rise among youth. The purpose of this study was to understand how parental monitoring and strategies parents use to regulate children’s internet use (i.e., internet restriction) can help reduce online harassment among adolescents.