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Violent Media, Children, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): The Role of Genes

One of the factors that might influence the differences found in children's consumption of violent television programs and videogames is DNA. This is precisely the suggestion offered by a survey entitled Media Violence and Children's ADHD-Related Behaviors: A Genetic Susceptibility Perspective, recently published in the “Journal of Communication”.

It's conclusion is based on the association of a gene-variant involved in the regulation of serotonin with the excessive use of violent media. The study was led by Sanne Nikkelen, Patti Valkenburg, and Helen Vossen, researchers at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), in collaboration with the Erasmus University Medical Center.

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Digital Intoxication: When to Stop

What is Digital Intoxication?

The moment has come to speak of the digital intoxication of our day. But what does this mean exactly? It primarily refers to an excessive use of the most common digital tools, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone, to the point of dependency.

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Helping Parents to Deal with Adolescent Children

Many parents see the stage of adolescence as a period of uncertainty and anxiety. Nevertheless, once they come to understand it as a process that forms part of one’s life, and prepare themselves to deal with it, it can be seen positively as a time of challenges and of personal growth.

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Social networks and depression: link shown with scientific research

Social networks and depression: link shown with scientific research

Social networks and depression: an increase in unhappiness for young Americans

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Men struggle with porn addiction, some women want to feed it

Men struggle with porn addiction, some women want to feed it

Good news and bad news about one of the greatest evils of the 21st century. There...

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The Eskimo Family: Nanook Revisited

 The Eskimo Family: Nanook Revisited

One of my top movies is Robert J. Flaherty’s Nanook of the North (1922). I conside...

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The Image of Fatherhood in 100 Movies

 The Image of Fatherhood in 100 Movies

We are happy to announce the presentation of a soon-to-be-published book that ga...

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What’s left of the Father Figure?

What’s left of the Father Figure?

One of the questions we can’t afford to ignore is what remains of fathers in tod...

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The Elderly Portrayed in the Italian Press

The Elderly Portrayed in the Italian Press

A study, carried out by myself at the Communications Department of the Pontifica...

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After 25 years of psycho-social studies, what do we know about the effects of horror films?

After 25 years of psycho-social studies, what do we know about the effects of horror films?

For parents and educators, one of the greatest concerns when choosing audio-visu...

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5 Books for Young People That Never Go Out of Style

5 Books for Young People That Never Go Out of Style

Reading a good book broadens the mind, makes us grow; it is like meeting a new t...

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Letter from a husband to his wife

Letter from a husband to his wife

YOUR BODY ENCHANTS ME

My beloved bride:

I truly wish you knew how much I love your...

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Mom, no photos of me on Facebook! Revealing research into the use of internet and social media in the family

Mom, no photos of me on Facebook! Revealing research into the use of internet and social media in the family

"Please, Mom, don’t post vacation photos that include me" or "Dad, stop talking ...

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Introducing I Need, the app helping the needy

Introducing I Need, the app helping the needy

With the seemingly endless array of apps avaliable nowdays, it is difficult to kno...

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Publications and Documents

pdf-icoMessage of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 49th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe love that brings new life into the world” – Rabbi Sacks on the institution of marriage.
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pdf-icoIt’s a synod on the family, remember?
Divorce, annulments, and contraception certainly have their impact on family life, but surely it is a negative one.

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pdf-icoCreative Language: Decoding, Reframing and Defending Concepts of Human Identity
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pdf-icoFamily or Families?
Towards a better understanding of Humanization and Generativity
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pdf-icoSocial Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 47th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe Familiaris consortio (On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) thirty years later
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna. Bologna, AMBER Association, 22 January 2012.
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pdf-icoFamily relationships, how they are presented in the media, and virtual relationshipsNorberto González Gaitano (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross).Giovanni Spadolini’s Hall. Senate of the Italian Republic.International Day of the Family, May 13, 2011.
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pdf-icoThe secret of brands. What’s hidden behind the communication of fashion: real needs or only emotive suggestions?The new edition of What’s left of the media by Gianfranco Bettetini and Armando Fumagalli (Quel che resta dei media; Franco Angeli, Milan) has recently hit bookstores.
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of John Paul II for the 38th World Communications Day (2004)
"The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness ."
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of Benedict XVI for the 43rd World Communications Day (2009)
"New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship."
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