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Student Drug Testing Only Shows Effects Among Girls in High Schools With Good Social Climates; Regardless of Climate, No Deterrent Effect for Boys, APPC Study Finds

Research conducted with over 940 high school students in two nationally representative surveys finds that male students in high schools that conduct student drug testing report no less recent use of alcohol, marijuana, or cigarettes than male students in schools without drug testing. Although there was evidence of effectiveness for female students, this only occurred

Popular PG-13 Movies Increasingly Portray Suicidal Behavior; No Difference in Highly Explicit Suicide Between R- AND PG-13-Rated Films

Annenberg Public Policy Center research analyzing 855 top box- office films from 1950 to 2006 shows that the portrayal of explicit and graphic suicide has tripled over that time. It also found no difference in the most explicit portrayals in films rated PG-13 versus those rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

Former APPC Postdoctoral Fellow published in the Journal of Family Issues

Former APPC Postdoctoral Fellow Cortney Evans, Ph.D., is the lead author of a forthcoming article, “Only Two Hours? A Qualitative Study of the Challenges Parents Perceive in Restricting Child Television Time,” which will appear in the Journal of Family Issues (September 2011). Dr. Evans’ co-authors are APPC Media and Developing Child Area Director Amy Jordan,

APPC Adolescent Health Communication Scholars Published in Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology

APPC Senior Research Analyst Michael Hennessy, Ph.D., and Adolescent Communication Institute Director Dan Romer, Ph.D., were among the authors of a paper, “Multiple Method Contraception Use Among African American Adolescents in Four US Cities,” published in the journal Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2011). Their research is part of a project designed to test

APPC Health Communication Scholars Published in The Journal of Sex Research

Amy Bleakley, Ph.D., research analysis manager at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, was lead author of a paper, “A Model of Adolescents’ Seeking of Sexual Content in Their Media Choices,” published in The Journal of Sex Research (Volume 48, Issue 4). Dr. Bleakley’s co-authors were APPC scholars Michael Hennessy, Ph.D., and Martin Fishbein, Ph.D. Article abstract: This article reports on

New book summarizes latest thinking about how genes influence healthy youth development

The new volume, The Dynamic Genome and Mental Health: The Role of Genes and Environments in Youth Development, presents the results of a conference sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University Press on the interrelations between genetic and environmental influences on youth mental health and development. The book

The Obama Victory honored with American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence

  The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election has been honored with the 2010 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the area of government & politics. Each year the PROSE Awards recognize the best professional and scholarly books, journals, and electronic publications for outstanding contributions

Michael Hennessy named to editorial board of International Communication Association journal

Michael Hennessy, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial board of Human Communication Research, one of the official journals of the International Communication Association. Dr. Hennessy will serve on the editorial board during the current cycle of the editorship of Prof. James E.