Media Influences on Health


The media — everything from television, radio, and film to games, advertising, and social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter — can have significant impacts on individual and population health. Exposure to media, especially among youth, may affect health behaviors such as substance use, sexual activity, and eating habits.

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    Journal Article

    Sex on Television and Its Impact on American Youth: Background and Results from the RAND Television and Adolescent Sexuality Study

    Discusses the results of several new studies based on the RAND Television and Adolescent Sexuality data set.

    Jan 1, 2005

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    Rebecca L. Collins

    Chair, RAND Human Subjects Protection Committee; Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D., M.A. in social psychology, University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in psychology, University of Wisconsin

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    Steven C. Martino

    Senior Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. in psychology, Boston College

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    Elizabeth L. Petrun Sayers

    Behavioral and Social Scientist; Codirector, Center for Qualitative and Mixed Methods
    Education B.A. in integrated strategic communication; advertising and sociology; classical, University of Kentucky; Graduate Certificate in health communication, University of Kentucky; M.A. in communication; mass media, risk, crisis, University of Kentucky; Ph.D. in communication; science, strategic, organizational, University of Kentucky