Media Influences on Health

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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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    Rebecca L. Collins

    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