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J Phys Act Health. 2011 Jul;8(5):613-25.

Individual, social, and physical environment factors associated with electronic media use among children: sedentary behavior at home.

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  • 1School of Sport Science, Exercise, and Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Individual, home social and physical environment correlates of electronic media (EM) use among children were examined and pattern of differences on school and weekend days.

METHODS:

Youth (n = 298) aged 11 to 12 years self-reported time spent using EM (TV, video/DVD, computer use, and electronic games) on a typical school and a weekend day, each dichotomized at the median to indicate heavy and light EM users. Anthropometric measurements were taken. Logistic regression examined correlates of EM use.

RESULTS:

In total, 87% of participants exceeded electronic media use recommendations of ≤ 2 hrs/day. Watching TV during breakfast (OR = 3.17) and after school (OR = 2.07), watching TV with mother (OR = 1.96), no rule(s) limiting time for computer game usage (OR = 2.30), having multiple (OR = 2.99) EM devices in the bedroom and BMI (OR = 1.15) were associated with higher odds of being heavy EM user on a school day. Boys (OR = 2.35) and participants who usually watched TV at midday (OR = 2.91) and late at night (OR = 2.04) had higher odds of being a heavy EM user on the weekend.

CONCLUSIONS:

Efforts to modify children's EM use should focus on a mix of intervention strategies that address patterns and reinforcement of TV viewing, household rules limiting screen time, and the presence of EM devices in the child's bedroom.

PMID:
21734306
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