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Type: Journal article
Title: Cross-sectional associations between the screen-time of parents and young children: differences by parent and child gender and day of the week
Author: Jago, R.
Thompson, J.
Sebire, S.
Wood, L.
Pool, L.
Zahra, J.
Lawlor, D.
Citation: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2014; 11(1):54-1-54-8
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1479-5868
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Russell Jago, Janice L Thompson, Simon J Sebire, Lesley Wood, Laura Pool, Jesmond Zahra and Deborah A Lawlor
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Greater time spent screen-viewing (SV) has been linked to adverse health outcomes. The aim of this study was to examine whether parental SV time is associated with child SV time on week and weekend days. METHODS: Cross-sectional survey of 1078 children aged 5-6 and at least 1 parent. Child and parent SV was reported for weekday and weekend days. Logistic regression examined whether parental SV time was associated with child SV time, with separate analyses for mothers and fathers and interaction terms for child gender. RESULTS: 12% of boys, 8% of girls and 30% of mothers and fathers watched ≥ 2 hours of TV each weekday. On a weekend day, 45% of boys, 43% of girls, 53% of mothers and 57% of fathers spent ≥ 2 hours watching TV. Where parents exceeded 2 hours TV-watching per weekday, children were 3.4 times more likely to spend ≥ 2 hours TV-watching if their father exceeded the threshold with odds of 3.7 for mothers. At weekends, daughters of fathers who exceeded 2 hours watching TV were over twice as likely as sons to exceed this level. Evidence that parent time spent using computers was associated with child computer use was also strongest between fathers and daughters (vs. sons) (OR 3.5 vs. 1.0, p interaction=0.027). CONCLUSIONS: Strong associations were observed between parent and child SV and patterns were different for weekdays versus weekend days. Results show that time spent SV for both parents is strongly associated with child SV, highlighting the need for interventions targeting both parents and children.
Keywords: Humans
Description: Published: 23 April 2014
Rights: © Jago et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014 This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://​creativecommons.​org/​licenses/​by/​4.​0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://​creativecommons.​org/​publicdomain/​zero/​1.​0/​) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
RMID: 0030042712
DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-54
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