Today's adolescents live in an unprecedented, media-rich environment. Technology has greatly increased the volume of available content, much of which can now fit in a pocket. RAND Health explores the growing role of media in determining adolescent health.
People who consume just one or two sugar-sweetened drinks a day have a 26 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely drink these beverages, write Kristin Van Busum and Lauren Hunter.
The authors developed this matrix of measures to summarize the state of measurement in the arena of new media use and its potential relationship with adolescent sexual risk behavior and sexual health and set the stage for further research efforts.
An expert panel was convened to develop a working knowledge base about the use of new media (the Internet, social networking sites, cell phones, online video games, MP3 players) among adolescents and the potential impact on their sexual health.
A reanalysis of data from earlier studies continues to show associations between sex in the media and adolescent sexual outcomes. The evidence does not prove causality but suggests cautions for parents.
College students were exposed to protobacco marketing through multiple channels in a relatively short period: Exposures occurred primarily in the afternoon (42%), on weekends (35%), and at point-of-purchase locations (68%) or in movies/TV (20%), and exposures to Marlboro, Newport, and Camel represented 56% of all exposures combined and 70% of branded exposure.
The authors compared the prevalence of condom use during a variety of sexual acts portrayed in adult films produced for heterosexual and homosexual audiences to assess compliance with state Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations.
Senior Behavioral Scientist; Director, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program, RAND Health; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School Ph.D. in social psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Rebecca Collins is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and director of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program within RAND Health. She also sits on RAND's Human Subjects Protection Committee. Her research examines the determinants and consequences of health risk…
Steven Martino is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is an expert in the application of cognitive and behavioral theory to understand the initiation and development of health and risk behaviors. Much of his research has focused on psychosocial aspects of adolescent substance use,…