Adolescents and the Media: Medical and Psychological Impact

By Knight, Myra Gregory | Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Autumn 1996 | Go to article overview

Adolescents and the Media: Medical and Psychological Impact


Knight, Myra Gregory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly


Adolescents and the Media: Medical and Psychological Impact. Victor C. Strasburger. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995. 137 pp. $37 hbk. $16.95 pbk.

Parents who think their kids are impervious to today's entertainment and advertising messages won't take much comfort from Victor C. Strasburger's latest book. From sexy soap operas to violent video games, Strasburger presents a concise review of the media teens find most appealing and each medium's effects on teen health and psychology. His conclusion: media messages play a role in many aspects of at-risk behavior and adjustment.

Intended primarily for lay audiences educators, health practitioners, and parents this slim, easy-to-read volume is broad rather than deep. It devotes separate chapters to the major issues of violence and sexuality in the media with primary emphasis on television. Chapter subsections deal with violence and sexuality in movies, print media, and pornography.

The chapter on media violence and aggressive behavior is particularly compelling, reflecting both the complexity of the issue and the most important research. Included is a concise list of eleven circumstances under which television can trigger aggressive or antisocial behavior. "As long as violence is seen as a necessary and acceptable solution to complex problems and the 'good guys' triumph, it is strongly reinforced," Strasburger writes. Other chapters deal with the less-cited but still troubling effects of suggestive rock 'n' roll lyrics, music television, and media portrayals of substance abuse and poor eating habits.

Lay audiences also will appreciate the brief but excellent overview of communications research presented in chapter 1. For parents concerned about the effects of media on their children, the chapter helps to put the threat in proper perspective. In a brief history of the mass media, for example, it notes that comic books, radio, movies, television, recorded music, MTV, and video games all have elicited similar fears. The chapter also explains various theories of media influence, such as social learning theory, and differentiates among various types of communication studies, including attitudinal surveys, laboratory experiments, and correlational studies. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Adolescents and the Media: Medical and Psychological Impact
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.