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Communication Begins with Children

A Lifespan Communication Sourcebook


Edited By Thomas J. Socha and Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter

Communication Begins with Children: A Lifespan Communication Sourcebook seeks to transform the field of communication, arguing that the field must stop neglecting and segregating children and instead adopt an age-inclusive lifespan approach that fully includes and fully considers children in all communication theorizing, research, and education from infancy and throughout the human lifespan. One-size-fits-all, adult-centric communication theorizing, researching, and educating is inadequate and harms the communication field’s potential as a social force for positive change for all communicators. The volume contains four sections (Foundations, Relational Communication Development, Digital Communication Development, and Navigating Developmental Communication Challenges) that showcase state-of-the-art chapters about the history of children’s relational and digital communication studies, methods used to study children’s communication, media literacy development, communication and children’s health, and much more. A must read for all communication researchers, educators, and students and an important addition to advanced and graduate level human and digital communication courses.

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9. Family Communication, Media Consumption, and Teens’ Body Image and Problematic Eating Behaviors: A Review: ANDREA MCCOURT, JILLIAN YARBROUGH


A Review


South Plains College


West Texas A&M University

Concerns related to children’s and teens’ weight, eating behaviors, and body image are commonly expressed by the medical community, community health agencies and by parents (Arteaga et al., 2018). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also expressed concern over both negative body image and problematic eating-related behaviors (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020). Body image can be defined as a subjective mental image of one’s body and physical appearance (Tiwari & Kumar, 2015). Because body image is based at least partially on personal observation and opinion, it is important to note that individuals’ body image is not always accurate. This mismatch between perception and reality can cause anxiety and dissatisfaction with one’s body (Latiff et al., 2018). This anxiety and dissatisfaction can be challenging for children and adolescents. Body image dissatisfaction can be linked to problematic eating behaviors (Amissah et al., 2015). Problematic eating-related behaviors include things such as anxiety about food or body size, anxiety, overeating, loss of control when eating, and concerns about body shape (Yoon et al., 2018).

Research indicates that children (typically defined as those twelve years old or younger) and adolescents struggle their body image and problematic eating behaviors. Voelker et al. (2015) argued that due to body changes, both ←173 | 174→male and female adolescents are particularly susceptible to messages that...

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