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Screen media, parenting practices, and the family environment in Australia: a longitudinal study of young children’s media use, lifestyles, and outcomes for healthy weight

Rutherford, Leonie, Brown, Judith E., Skouteris, Helen, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew and Bittman, Michael 2015, Screen media, parenting practices, and the family environment in Australia: a longitudinal study of young children’s media use, lifestyles, and outcomes for healthy weight, Journal of children and media, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 22-39, doi: 10.1080/17482798.2015.997101.

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Title Screen media, parenting practices, and the family environment in Australia: a longitudinal study of young children’s media use, lifestyles, and outcomes for healthy weight
Author(s) Rutherford, LeonieORCID iD for Rutherford, Leonie orcid.org/0000-0003-3940-3379
Brown, Judith E.
Skouteris, Helen
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0003-1145-6057
Bittman, Michael
Journal name Journal of children and media
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 22
End page 39
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2015-01-07
ISSN 1748-2798
1748-2801
Keyword(s) children
screen media
parenting practices
television
lifestyle behaviours
obesity
Summary Few studies of media use and adiposity explore the influence of parenting on children’s lifestyle behaviors. Screen media access, bedroom television, lack of physical activity, and snacking on energy-dense foods have long been implicated in child overweight. This research used data from the first three waves of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children to investigate, prospectively, the associations between parental practices in early to middle childhood and children’s behaviors and weight in late childhood. A path model was used to investigate whether consistent parentingpredicted setting of boundaries for access to and use of media, and was indirectly associated with children’s lifestyle behaviors that increase the likelihood of healthy weight maintenance. The findings demonstrated that children’s lifestyles pertinent to weight maintenance and media use cluster together and involve both old and newer screen media, but are also predicted by parenting practices and the family environment.
Notes This paper belongs to a body of work mapping the links between Australian children's media use - both traditional and digital media - and social outcomes. It uses a population level dataset to trace the implications of media on children's lives, including children and parents from many social backgrounds. Given that discourses of 'risk' are frequently associated with media use, including substantial health risks, this study sought to find parental practices that might be associated with greater 'risk' across the social spectrum.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17482798.2015.997101
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID ARC LP0991650
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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