Adolescents, Media, and the Law: What Developmental Science Reveals and Free Speech Requires

Hardcover | August 1, 2007

byRoger J. R. Levesque

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There is much controversy about the dangers of a free media when it comes to children and adolescents. Many believe that this constitutional right should be amended, altered, or revoked entirely to prevent the young from being negatively influenced. Graphic violence, sexual content, and thedepiction of cigarette smoking have all come under fire as being unacceptable in media that is geared toward adolescents, from television and movies to magazines and advertising. Yet not much has been written about the developmental science behind these ideas, and what effects a free media reallyhas on adolescents. This book presents a synthesis of all current knowledge about the developmental effects of a free media on adolescents. Levesque first presents a full analysis of research studies into the media's effects on adolescents in four key areas: sexuality, violence, smoking, and body image. All findingsare assessed within the context of normal adolescent development. Levesque then discusses how this knowledge can be used to inform current standards for the regulation of free speech with regard to adolescents. Both legal restrictions and less formal regulatory bodies (schools, parent groups, etc.)are reviewed to present a full picture of the ways in which a free media is constrained to protect adolescent's development.

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There is much controversy about the dangers of a free media when it comes to children and adolescents. Many believe that this constitutional right should be amended, altered, or revoked entirely to prevent the young from being negatively influenced. Graphic violence, sexual content, and thedepiction of cigarette smoking have all come u...

Roger Levesque is Professor of Criminal Justice at Indiana University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.71 inPublished:August 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction. 1. Adolescence and the Media in Changing TimesPart II: The Developmental Science of Media Effects: Exemplars of Research. 2. Adolescent Aggression and the Media3. Adolescents Body Images and the Media4. Adolescent Smoking and the Media5. Adolescent Sexuality and the MediaPart III: Speech in First Amendment Law: Legal Foundations. 6. Regulating Speech7. The Free Speech Rights of AdolescentsPart IV: Conclusion. 8. Taking Developmental Science and Free Speech Rights Seriously

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"Levesque is to be commended for a thought-provoking and well-written book. If his ideas facilitate more active discussion of these issues, it will have served a valuable purpose"--PsycCRITQUES