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Children, Adolescents, and the Media

Children, Adolescents, and the Media

Third Edition
  • Victor C. Strasburger - University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Barbara J. Wilson - Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Amy B. Jordan - Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania

March 2013 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Children, Adolescents, and the Media, Third Edition provides a comprehensive, research-oriented overview of how the media impact the lives of children and adolescents in modern society. The approach is grounded in a developmental perspective, focusing on how young people of different ages and levels of cognitive, emotional, and social development interact with the media. Incorporating the most up-to-date research available, Authors Victor C. Strasburger, Barbara J. Wilson, and Amy B. Jordan target areas most controversial and at the heart of debates about the media and public health—equipping students to approach the media as critical consumers.

Children and Adolescents: Unique Audiences
Prosocial and Educational Media
Media Violence
Sex, Sexuality, and the Media
Drugs and the Media
Obesity, Eating Disorders, and the Media
Edward Donnerstein
The Internet
Megan Moreno
Social Networking
Jeanne Brockmyer
Video Games
Family and Media
Robert McCannon
Media Literacy
Children’s Media Policy

This is an easy to read yet incredibly detailed account of the issues facing children and adolescents exposed to the ever-changing world of media and technology. Both classic and more contemporary research is included to support the topics explored. The exercises at the end of each chapter are thought provoking and useful for group discussion tasks to introduce each topic. An excellent text.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology , Petroc
February 16, 2016

Very relevant and up to date research. It is suitable at both undergraduate and postgraduate level which is one of my main reasons for adopting this book. I also enjoyed the relevance from early years to adolescence.

Miss Maeve Dempsey
Institute of Technology Carlow, Institute of Technology Carlow
September 29, 2015

An excellent resource for research of modern childhood. This book covers every aspect of the media influence that affect children and adolescence behaviour and development in modern society.

Ms Lisa M Bradley
Applied Social Science (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
September 30, 2015

This is a very informative book and will provide good support to the course

Mrs Diane Forrester
Community Studies, Truro College
May 6, 2015

This has been a vital text for teaching on the 'Young Person in Focus' module, part of BA programme. It is very useful for undergraduate students as it is an accessible book, well written and laid out.
It explores a number of topics and issues which are relevant to understanding the world of young people.

Mrs Tracy Hayes
Working with children and families, University of Cumbria
April 17, 2015

This book covers an array of excellent topics relating to the Media and the impact they have on children and adolescents.

A good resource.

Mrs Gisela Oates
Gisela Oates Faculty Office, PCI College
February 20, 2015

The course for which this textbook is designed has been pushed back to 2017; unless this is one of the best texts that I have a valuated that focuses on children and the media. The challenge is a lot of assumptions and is greater than the sum of its parts.

Professor Jeffrey Johnson
ACHORD, University Of Alberta
September 5, 2015

A suitable text to cherry pick from in order to stimulate some interesting discussions and debates within the classroom. A number of students also found it useful in developing their thinking further around the subject matter.

Mrs Samantha Shaw
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
December 8, 2014

Very very interesting. I continuously dip into this book. Great for my degree students due to the way that it presents up to date research and current society influences.

Mrs Cindy Fincham
Early Years and Primary Education , Bracknell & Wokingham College
November 12, 2014

this is an excellent book with details descriptions and concepts.

Mrs Tracy Costelloe
Child, health &Sp ed, Templemore College
December 13, 2013
Key features


  • A new chapter on Social Networking provides thorough coverage of the risks and opportunities children and adolescents face in their use of social media.
  • A new chapter on Media Policy covers key federal regulations as well as the media and advertising industries' own self-regulatory efforts. Chapters on educational and prosocial media are combined to show the links between the two topics.
  • All chapters have been updated in terms of research, focusing on newer studies conducted since 2007.
  • Content originally found in the chapter on rock music and music videos is now woven into chapters elsewhere in book.
  • More focus is given to children's round-the-clock exposure to media through handheld and personalized media devices, including how babies use and are impacted by media.
  • Updated examples throughout discuss popular media products and programming for children and teens.


  • Each chapter provides the latest media effects research and seminal studies on such issues as advertising, violence, video games, sexuality, drugs, body image and eating disorders, music, and the Internet.
  • Each chapter is filled with illustrations, charts and figures, examples from the media, cartoons, and real-life instances of media impact.
  • Included throughout are sections on media literacy and recommendations for how students can help in the search for solutions to current media-related problems.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 9

For instructors

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