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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Children's creates database on media violence research
Violence gets our attention, in movies, video games, television, music, print, or on the Internet, especially if our children are watching.
The Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston has created a database of research findings and chose violence as the first topic they would make available free to parents, clinicians and researchers who want to know what peer-reviewed studies can tell them.
They can ask a question, read a summary in lay language or search 700 research articles to find answers.
"Our goal was to gather all of the studies in a single location and present them in a standardized form to create the first interdisciplinary library of research on media effects," Brandy King, librarian for CMCH, said in a statement from Children's. "We chose violence as our first research topic because it is the most thoroughly investigated area of media effects."