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Book Review: ‘Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents’

home_cover  “Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents,” edited by Annenberg Public Policy Center associate directors Amy B. Jordan and Dan Romer, was praised as a “scientifically rigorous and timely volume on youth media use” in a review published in the June 2015 issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

“To say that Jordan and Romer’s book is ‘comprehensive’ is an understatement,” wrote reviewer Chance York, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. “The contributors review a wide range of sociocultural influences on youth media use and its effects, from the attitudes and ideologies of nations and communities, to individual parent and child demographic factors and specific media content in traditional and online formats. The only topic not covered in detail is the role of news media use in childhood and adolescence; nevertheless the breadth in topical discussion will impress readers.”

York continued: “Because of its exhaustive nature, ‘Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents’ would be an excellent introductory text for a graduate course in developmental psychology, media effects, or communication theory. Scholars and graduate students unfamiliar with the literature on youth media use could benefit tremendously from having this encyclopedic edition on their shelves. Parents, journalists, policymakers, and child media activists concerned about the increasing pervasiveness of digital media and its effects on kids could also gain valuable insights from this book, especially because Jordan and colleagues take a deliberately ‘balanced’ and scholarly approach to media effects on children and adolescents rather than simply reiterate the often-hyperbolic rhetoric of the popular press.”

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