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Understanding the correlates of adolescents' TV viewing : a social ecological approach

Hume, Clare, Van Der Horst, Klazine, Brug, Johannes, Salmon, Jo and Oenema, Anke 2010, Understanding the correlates of adolescents' TV viewing : a social ecological approach, International journal of pediatric obesity, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 161-168.

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Title Understanding the correlates of adolescents' TV viewing : a social ecological approach
Author(s) Hume, Clare
Van Der Horst, Klazine
Brug, Johannes
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo
Oenema, Anke
Journal name International journal of pediatric obesity
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 161
End page 168
Total pages 8
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-04
ISSN 1747-7166
Keyword(s) sedentary behavior
social ecological model
Summary Objective. To examine associations between social ecological factors and Dutch adolescents’ TV viewing. Design. Cross-sectional examination of predictors of adolescents’ TV viewing.

Participants. A total of 338 adolescents, aged 14 years (55% boys).

Measurements. Adolescents self-reported their age, ethnicity and TV viewing (dichotomized at two hours/day) and responded to items from all three social ecological domains; individual (cognitions based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour and TV viewing habit strength, and other behaviours, such as computer use), social (parental rules about TV viewing and parental TV viewing behavior) and physical environmental factors (TV in bedroom, physical activity equipment available). Parents reported demographic factors (e.g., ethnicity, education level), and their own TV viewing (mins/day); adolescents’ weight status (not overweight vs. overweight/obese) was calculated from objective measures of height and weight. Logistic regression analyses examined associations between socio-ecological factors and adolescents’ TV viewing, and whether associations were moderated by adolescents’ sex, parents’ education and ethnicity.

Results. Compared with others, overweight/obese adolescents (odds ratio (OR)=3.0; p≤0.001), those with high computer use (OR=2.3; p≤0.0001), with high TV viewing habit strength (OR=1.3; p≤0.0001), and those whose parents had high levels of TV viewing (OR=2.4; p≤0.01) were more likely to exceed two hours of TV viewing per day. The association with habit strength was moderated by gender, and the association with parents’ TV viewing was moderated by parents’ education and ethnicity.

Conclusions. Interventions should target parents’ TV viewing behaviors and aim to amend habitual, ‘mindless’ TV viewing among adolescents.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Informa UK Ltd.
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