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Navigating social media risks, benefits with the teenage patient

September 14, 2017

In a 2011 survey from the AAP Council on Communications and Media, researchers found that nearly one-fourth of all teenagers access social media sites more than 10 times daily — far more frequently than surveyed parents believed.

The increasing availability of digital technology among teenagers has only compounded this trend: 75% of surveyed teenagers owned smartphones, 25% of whom use them for social media. While social media sites represent crucial components in teenage social and emotional development, clinicians and parents are also concerned about the risks associated with these unsupervised digital communities, including cyberbullying, sexting, online solicitation, and media-related depression.

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Hearing loss rates in teens unaffected by increased noise exposure

August 15, 2017
Although noise exposure does not impact the prevalence of hearing loss in children, racial or ethnic minority status and low socioeconomic status was associated with an…
In the Journals

Teen interest in tobacco ads linked to increased risk of future smoking

June 13, 2017
Among teenagers aged 12 to 13 years who had never used tobacco products, 41% expressed either interest or familiarity with a series of tobacco-related advertisements…
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Health care-related apps, texting may help improve youth health outcomes

March 30, 2017
Parents and caregivers may be able to encourage positive health behaviors and improve overall health outcomes for children through the use of mobile health…
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Attachment-Based Family Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents: An Overview

Psychiatric Annals, August 2017, Volume 47 Issue 8
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in adolescents worldwide. Recent studies have identified familial and…
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Adolescent Substance Abuse: October 2014

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

Adolescence has always been a time of challenge for parents and pediatricians. Recent neuroscience literature confirms…
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