A Media Reflection: Combating Mass Media’s Influence on the Cycle of Disadvantage and Disability
Authors: Rasaan Jones
Abstract: This paper describes a project using the “Media Madness/ Getting the Rap on the Media” model and a conceptual framework developed by the Jane Fonda Center. The purpose of the model was to provide an educational program to reduce the influence of the media on the sexual attitudes and behaviors of youth. The “media reflection project” is an enhancement of this media curriculum, focused on the subject of teen dating violence, self-worth, and the Cycle of Disadvantage and Disability (CDD) model. This project has three components: 1) Research on teen dating violence, 2) Exploration of the relationship between the CDD, self-worth, teen dating violence, and the media and 3) Educating, engaging, and helping adolescents to develop healthy relationships. This paper documents the first phase of the Media Refection Project: risk assessment, research, methodology, and intervention development. The next phase is implementation and evaluation.