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Step Three: Write the paper. Begin the paper with an introduction that summarizes the main findings of the AAP article and previews what will be covered in the coming pages. Next, compare and contrast the portrayal of substance use found in the media with the information learned about that substance in the class and textbook. What messages about the substance are being portrayed? How accurate are those messages relative to the actual data on substance use? Be sure to cite the textbook as needed.

Continue by comparing and contrasting the portrayal of substance use found in the media with the criticism of media portrayals found in the AAP paper. Does the media example match their arguments or contradict them? What links and connections can be made? Be sure to cite the article as needed.

Next, draw some conclusions about the portrayal of substance use found in the media, addressing the following: What are the implications of this type of portrayal? What messages are being sent and to whom? Are those messages an accurate representation of the use of this substance? Should media portrayals be required to be accurate in their depictions of use, showing both positive and negative consequences?

Finally, review the guidelines suggested by the AAP at the end of their policy statement and address the following: Although directed specifically at pediatricians, which of those recommendations is most important? Why? Are these recommendations necessary? If followed, will they be effective in addressing the concerns raised earlier in the article? Be sure to cite sources as needed.

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The required length of this paper is 11 pages, plus a required a cover page and a reference list. Papers must comply with APA formatting rules, including font size and margins, and must have a scholarly focus and tone. Quoting of published material and use of the first-person “I” are not permitted and will result in point loss. All source material must be paraphrased into your own words and cited appropriately.

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The grading rubric below details specific grading criteria.

The Final Major Paper document should be attached in the appropriate Assignment tab and will be evaluated using the rubric below:

MEDIA PROPOSAL:

Substance use both drugs and alcohol have become much more popularly displayed in our media. Media is having a huge role on adolescents because they are constantly seeing drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes portrayed in most movies, television shows, and also on the internet. Teenagers are most likely to participate in the use of alcohol and cigarettes. Although that may be where they start, it could potentially lead to bigger issues with drug related activities. Even if children are not watching television shows, or movies with alcohol or drug involvement there are commercials they may view while watching television or being on the internet watching videos that involve alcohol as well. A great example is watching to football, a family sport and on Sundays you sit around and watch as a family and enjoy each other’s time. Commonly alcohol is associated with sporting events. Therefore, there are typically always commercials referring to alcohol for an example the Budweiser commercials during the super bowl. Adolescents are more likely to see commercials that promote alcohol and see movies that promote drug use, rather than seeing preventive advertisements.

For my major paper I want to focus more on the recreational use of marijuana. A handful of states have decriminalized or even legalized marijuana so the portrayal in the media has heightened. Adolescents are not blind to what is going on and they are curious. Movies such as “Neighbors” portrays marijuana usage as being “cool” with college aged adults. It is also portrayed in a more innocent way with the main characters Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne who are a married couple with a child and they smoke marijuana to kick back and relax after living an adult life of work and family. This can negatively affect a child who watches this movie because they are seeing both the party scene where they may be convinced that is what happens at all parties and feel as though they are expected to do the same. This movie also portrays it in what might be considered innocent, but a child could also think that it may be normal to smoke marijuana after having a “rough” day or just to destress after dealing with a normal day consisting of work and family. In this movie not only is marijuana a huge part but so is alcohol in the college frat house located next door to the family house. Most college aged adults are not even legal to drink until they are juniors or seniors. It is a known fact that most college aged children get out of the house and go to college where they “let loose” and party and drink now that their parents are no longer around. This has become the norm way of thinking because it is portrayed as such in movies like neighbors. College is looked at as a party scene in most adolescent’s eyes where alcohol is prominent. Movies like such are a comedy and have actors and actress’ that are popular and the movies are sought to be seen. Although it should be a movie for older adults, children have a lot more access and freedom to what they see with the internet in today’s world.

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