Category Archives: Family and media studies

The Elderly Portrayed in the Italian Press

A study, carried out by myself at the Communications Department of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and entitled “The Figure of the Elderly in the Italian Press”, investigated the representation of the elderly within Italian daily papers.The main goal of the study was to confirm or disprove the general negative perception surrounding the…
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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. Adolescence: A Book to…
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Bringing Back a Buried Love

They live in the same house, share the same room: they are husband and wife, yet they act as two strangers. This is how author Nicholas Sparks opens his book, The Wedding. The main character Wilson has never stopped loving his wife, but he has ignored her and taken her loving presence for granted, as…
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Mercy, family and the media

The Jubilee of Mercy, with which Pope Francis intended to draw attention to the boundless love of God and his free pardon, was greeted by many believers with enthusiasm and gratitude: about 20 million pilgrims arrived in Rome on the occasion of the Holy Year, and it is not possible to count exactly how many…
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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…
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The Family: the Invisible Factor

That the family is a key piece in the building up of society has been an axiom that never needed evidence to support it. Today it is strongly contested in political and economic practices and, of course, is also under attack by gender ideology in the West. No one questions either that the family was,…
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