Media, in various formats, can influence the healthy development of children and adolescents in both positive and negative ways. This special issue of the Journal of Children and Media will add to the inter-disciplinary literature by providing well-designed studies and theoretical papers exploring whether and how media use affects the physical, mental, and behavioral health of young people.
CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich and Dina L.G. Borzekowski, guest editors, invite contributions to a special issue on Children, Media, and Health from a wide range of disciplines, perspectives, theoretical, and methodological approaches. The guest editors are particularly interested in compiling quality papers that can inform risk assessment, intervention design, and positive media applications aimed at a diversity of populations, technologies and content.
Examples of potential papers might be:
Examining how young people use, multitask with, and are exposed to various media and how these uses/exposures influence their lifestyles, health, education, and development.
Reporting evaluated media literacy programs and other interventions which have been demonstrated to limit or reduce negative health effects from media use.
Examining whether and how broadcast, print, or interactive media can educate, empower, and reduce risky behaviors among children and youth.
Considering whether use of electronic games, such as the Wii, can support the physical development of toddlers and fitness of children and youth.
Sharing interactive media interventions shown to improve quality of life among adolescents with chronic or psychiatric conditions.
Studying whether interactive technology such as texting can improve health education and communication among adolescents and their health care providers.
Analyzing how public health messages and entertainment media can educate and activate improved health practices in different cultures.
A 300 word abstract, full contact information for the corresponding author, and a biographical note (up to 75 words) on each of the authors should be submitted to Dr. Dina Borzekowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) as an e-mail attachment by no later than March 15, 2010.
Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by March 31, 2010 and will then be invited to submit a full paper to the guest editors.
Manuscripts should be no more than 8,000 words, including notes and references, conform to APA style, and submitted by August 1, 2010.
Expected publication date is Volume 6 issue 1, Winter 2012