Terms of Use

The CMCH website was created to inform parents, children, teachers, policymakers, researchers, and clinicians about the current state of knowledge regarding electronic and print media and effects that they may have, positive or negative, on the physical and mental health of children and adolescents. The CMCH Database of Research was created with the intention of bringing together the existing research literature on this subject. While the intention is to offer a thorough representation of the available literature, the Database of Research will always be a growing, dynamic entity, as CMCH will continually add new and recently discovered citations.

Research literature has come from many relevant fields, including anthropology, medicine, psychology, public health, communications, education, sociology, gender studies, social work and criminal justice. Presenting this varied body of existing research in one place on equivalent terms, the CMCH Database of Research will allow research scientists, clinicians, educators, parents, media producers, and the public to "see the whole picture." The intent of the CMCH Database of Research is to make it easier to assess the current state of the research on media and child health: what has been done well, what has been done less well and should be re-assessed, and where more research is needed.

We use the bibliographic software EndNote 7.0 to build and maintain our in-house master database, which currently holds more than 7,000 citations. Citations are gathered through recommendations from researchers, reference lists of relevant papers, table of contents alerts, and searching of databases such as PsycINFO, MEDLINE, SocioFile, Academic Search Premier, and others.

Before any citation is posted online, library staff assigns keywords, study designs, age groups, and funding sources, all gathered from the original paper. Additionally, there are two types of abstracts available for each citation: a synopsis written for the public (composed by library staff), and a formatted scientific abstract for researchers (composed off-site by writers with expertise in research). When a citation has all of these parts, it is transferred from our in-house master database to the database posted on the web. This transfer will take place at the rate of 50 citations per month.

All content included on this site (including text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, video clips, audio clips, digital downloads and data compilations) is the property of Children’s Hospital Boston, Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH). All rights are reserved.

Citations from the CMCH Database of Research are in the public domain; however, CMCH Synopses and CMCH Abstracts are the property of Children’s Hospital Boston, Center on Media and Child Health.

Materials are posted with permission from the original copyright holders. Permission to use these materials must be sought from the original copyright holders.

If you would like to quote from a CMCH research paper, you may cite it as you would any other academic paper.

Example - APA 5th Style: Rich, M., & Bar-on, M. (2001). Child health in the information age: Media education of pediatricians. Pediatrics, 107(1), 156 - 162.

If you would like to quote from the CMCH website, you may cite it as your style manual suggests for electronic sources:

Example – APA 5th Style: Center on Media and Child Health. (2004) Understanding Media. Retrieved September 15, 2004, from http://www.cmch.tv/UndMedia.htm

The goal of the CMCH Database Research is to present a comprehensive listing of all research published to date on the effects of media on the health of children. As part of our mission to encourage rigorous scientific research into how media shape children and the world in which they live, CMCH is presenting all research as it was originally published for public consumption. CMCH cannot and does not make any assertion regarding the quality or validity of any individual piece of research and does not endorse any perspective or draw any conclusions based on the findings.

Cookies are used only in Advanced Search mode when a user elects to “Save Citations.” These citations will be saved for 30 days. Any information collected will not be re-sold. The optional User Satisfaction Survey asks for demographic information about our users and for their thoughts on the website and the services it offers. Information collected will be used to administer the website and offer better service to our users; some (without any personal information) may be cited in publications, presentations, and teaching about the purpose, development, and administration of the CMCH website and Database of Research.

Request Reprints
To request reprints of our publications, please send your address and the name of the article you would like to: cmch@childrens.harvard.edu

We welcome your ideas and seek to form new relationships with those willing to collaborate or support this work in any manner. If you have suggestions about how we could improve our website or research you would like to see us do, please write to: cmch@childrens.harvard.edu.

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