Media and Youth: A Developmental Perspective
February 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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“Overall, I found this book a fascinating read about media effects across child and adolescent development.” (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), 1 July 2012)
"Kirsh provides a clearheaded and admirably comprehensive survey of the available evidence, discussing how youth consume media and how it affects them both positively and negatively as they grow up. A diverse range of topics are addressed from a developmental perspective, giving readers a good grounding in theory and findings alike. With his lucid writing style, clearly structured chapters and a slew of rather endearing personal anecdotes, Kirsch makes a labyrinthine subject remarkably navigable. He reveals that the areas most influenced by media are not necessarily what we might think." (The Psychologist, May 2011)"Young people today are immersed in the media, like fish in water. Finally, here is a textbook that describes the impact of media immersion on how young people think, feel, and behave. Rather than relying on anecdotes or hunches, Professor Kirsh uses the findings from scientific studies. The book is a must read for anyone concerned about the impact of the media on youth."
—Brad J. Bushman, University of Michigan and VU University Amsterdam
"An excellent and easily readable book, written in an engaging style and using perfectly suited anecdotal examples to introduce new subjects on a diversity of media experiences and effects on children and adolescents today. A perfect overview for all interested readers, especially parents, teachers, and practitioners."
—Ingrid Möller, University of Potsdam