Media Health Effects is a research tool for librarians, clinicians, researchers, students, or anyone else who wants to learn more about the research on how media and technology affects the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults. Media Health Effects has three main features: A collection of curated research citations, tailored research guides, and articles about the research happening in this field.

Research Citations

For nearly 20 years, our team at the Digital Wellness Lab has collected citations for over 30,000 scholarly journal articles and textbook chapters from which we are building this database. The main website functions as a typical bibliographic database, housing a collection of curated citations related to media/technology and youth health and wellbeing. Visitors will be able to perform simple or advanced literature searches, or browse through our custom taxonomy, in order to locate bibliographic information (i.e. citations) from scholarly journal articles and book chapters. Since research is constantly and quickly evolving in this field, we’re focusing on the best, most modern research, and as of October 2021, Media Health Effects has 2,500 citations that represent some of the newest research in this field. We will update and add new citations to reflect the current evidence base.

Research Guides

The Research Guides section of the website houses unique guides informing research on specific topics related to media and health through organized links to relevant information and resources.

Research Column

The Research Column exists to highlight the interdisciplinary research in the field of youth media health effects by having authors write about this research–whether their own or other, existing or emerging research. Interested in writing for us? Review our Editorial Guidelines and reach out via email with topic ideas.


Media Health Effects is offered through the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. Media Health Effects was funded in part by a grant received from the Network of the National Library of Medicine (New England Region). For questions or suggestions, please contact us at