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Mareesha Backman

2003 Research

Abstract: What Buttons are Missing on the Remote Control: Cultural Influences on Adolescents

Mentor: Dr.  Sue M. Wright, Sociology

American youth are habitually exposed to the dangers of both physical and social health-related problems. Studies by the Center for Disease Control demonstrate that physical problems (Such as obesity, type II Diabetes, unintentional/intentional injury) and social problems (including alcohol/tobacco and other drug uses, as well as sexual behavior, lack of healthy dietary patterns, decrease in physical activity, and failure to succeed academically) are rising at an alarming rate. Moreover, as children grow into adulthood, these experiences become a cognitive framework, influencing lifelong health and behavioral decisions. In this project, we examine influences on "tween" (9-13 year olds) culture, specifically those associate with health-related behaviors. We focus on the ways in which parents, peers, and the community shape tween culture in the Spokane Metropolitan Area, using interpretive, ecological, and critical theories to help explain our findings.


12th McNair WI Conference & Graduate Fair 11/7-9/2003

7th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May, 19, 2004

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