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Prev Med. 2008 Nov;47(5):525-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.07.016. Epub 2008 Aug 3.

Screen-viewing and the home TV environment: the European Youth Heart Study.

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  • 1Department of Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS81TP, UK. russ.jago@bris.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Examine if home environmental factors are associated with screen-viewing.

METHODS:

Data are for 2670, 3rd and 9th grade participants in Denmark, Portugal, Estonia and Norway collected between 1997 and 2000. Outcomes were spending >2 h after-school watching television (TV) and >1 h per day playing computer games. Child Autonomy and the home TV Environment were exposures.

RESULTS:

Each unit increase in Child Autonomy was associated with 9% increase in risk of watching more than 2 h of TV per day after school and a 19% increase in risk of spending more than an hour per day playing computer games. TV Environment was associated with a 31% per unit increase in risk of watching >2 h of TV after school and 11% increase in risk of spending >1 h playing computer games.

CONCLUSIONS:

A family environment in which after-school TV viewing is part of the home culture and homes where children have more autonomy over their own behavior are associated with an increased risk of watching >2 h of TV per day after school and spending more >1 h per day playing computer games. The home screen-viewing environment and Child Autonomy may be malleable targets for changing screen-viewing.

PMID:
18722400
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