Children's Responses to the Screen: A Media Psychological Approach

Children's Responses to the Screen: A Media Psychological Approach

Children's Responses to the Screen: A Media Psychological Approach

Children's Responses to the Screen: A Media Psychological Approach

Synopsis

The past several decades have witnessed thousands of studies into children and the media. Yet, much academic research is still in its infancy when it comes to our knowledge about the uses, preferences, and effects of different media. This distinctive volume moves the field forward in this regard, with its insights into the latest theories and research on children and the media. Author Patti M. Valkenburg explores "screen" media (i.e., television, films, video and computer games, and the Internet), and focuses her study on the most fundamental topics in the study of children and the media. In each chapter, Valkenburg examines an essential topic on children and the media: the effect of media violence, children's emotional reactions to news and entertainment, the intended and unintended effects of advertising, and the uses and effects of computer games and the Internet. She has structured the chapters to provide an overview of existing theories and research on a particular topic, and supplements the work of others with her own ground-breaking research findings. She provides a careful and even-handed treatment of research in children's media, and includes current and noteworthy studies. As a resource for study in children and media and media psychology, this volume provides a timely and thorough examination of the state of theory and research. It will serve as a valuable reference for scholars and as an engaging text for advanced students.

Excerpt

The past few decades have witnessed thousands of studies on children and the media. Yet, much academic research is still in its infancy when it comes to our knowledge about the uses, preferences, and effects of different media. This book provides insight into the latest theories and research on children and the media. As suggested by the title, the book is limited to screen media (i.e., television, films, video and computer games, and the Internet). Verbal media, such as books and the radio, may show up occasionally, but they do not form the primary constituent of this book.

This book is not intended to be a comprehensive textbook on children and the media. Rather, it is concentrated on some fundamental topics that should be included in a media psychology course on children and the media. This choice provides instructors with the opportunity to follow their own teaching preferences and to add supplementary literature to their courses. Each chapter in the book deals with a basic topic on children and the media: the effect of media violence, children's emotional reactions to news and entertainment, the intended and unintended effects of advertising, and the uses and effects of computer games and the Internet.

Each chapter gives an overview of existing theories and research on a particular topic. This general literature review is occasionally illustrated by my own research findings. The book, which is in part a translation of a Dutch book, has been used to accompany lectures at the University of Amsterdam. During my courses, I use the book as a basis and combine it with journal articles reporting empirical research. The student evaluations of the book have always been very . . .

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