ERIC Number: EJ815346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Keeping Pace with Teen Media Use: Implications and Strategies for Educators
Fuller, Heidi A.; Damico, Amy M.
Journal of Educational Research, v101 n6 p323-332 Jul-Aug 2008
Concerns over the relation between media use and adolescent health behaviors have stimulated many health curricula in high schools. Missing from this area's literature is how teens characterize their own media use and thoughts on media's place in their lives. This gap challenges educators charged with media and health education. The authors explored adolescents' media preferences and perceptions surrounding media use and its implications. Participants were 21 students from a large (2,200 students) economically and racially diverse high school who participated in semistructured, 1-on-1 interviews. Results of this study demonstrate a range of perspectives on issues such as pleasure and guilt in media use, parental concerns over media use, and the influence of the media on personal health behaviors. These results suggest important implications and strategies for educational practice.
Descriptors: Health Education, Educational Practices, Health Behavior, Mass Media Use, Adolescent Attitudes, Interviews, Student Interests, High School Students, Change Strategies, Mass Media Effects, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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