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J Pediatr Psychol. 2007 May;32(4):448-52. Epub 2006 Sep 30.

Brief report: Television viewing and risk for attention problems in preschool children.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York, USA. cjmiller@uwindsor.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined whether high levels of television viewing are associated with attention problems and hyperactivity in preschool children.

METHODS:

Parent and teacher ratings of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, objectively measured activity level, and parental estimation of early television exposure were collected for a sample of preschool children. Separate linear regression analyses were conducted with parent and teacher behavioral ratings and objectively assessed activity level as outcome variables.

RESULTS:

Results indicated that after controlling for demographic factors (i.e., age, sex, and SES), television exposure accounted for a significant proportion of the variance in teacher ratings of inattentive/hyperactive behaviors, as well as objectively measured activity level.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings partially replicate those from a recent, highly publicized study indicating a correlation between television exposure and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-associated behaviors. However, it remains unclear as to whether elevated levels of television viewing are the cause or result of ADHD symptoms.

PMID:
17012738
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