Parental influences on preschoolers’ TV viewing time: mediation analyses on Australian and Belgian data

De Decker, Ellen, Hesketh, Kylie, De Craemer, Marieke, Hinkley, Trina, De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse, Salmon, Jo and Cardon, Greet 2015, Parental influences on preschoolers’ TV viewing time: mediation analyses on Australian and Belgian data, Journal of physical activity & health, vol. 12, no. 9, pp. 1272-1279, doi: 10.1123/jpah.2014-0190.

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Title Parental influences on preschoolers’ TV viewing time: mediation analyses on Australian and Belgian data
Author(s) De Decker, Ellen
Hesketh, KylieORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie
De Craemer, Marieke
Hinkley, TrinaORCID iD for Hinkley, Trina
De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo
Cardon, Greet
Journal name Journal of physical activity & health
Volume number 12
Issue number 9
Start page 1272
End page 1279
Total pages 8
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1543-3080
Keyword(s) children
screen time
Summary Television viewing is highly prevalent in preschoolers (3–5 years). Because of the adverse health outcomes related to this behavior, it is important to investigate associations and mediators of young children’s television viewing time. This study investigated whether parental rules regarding television viewing time and parental concerns about screen viewing activities mediated the association between parents’ and preschoolers’ television viewing time. Methods: Mediation analyses were performed with the product-of-coefficient test on data derived from the Australian HAPPY study (n = 947) and the Belgian sample of the ToyBox-study (n = 1527). Parents reported their own and their child’s television viewing time, their rules regarding television viewing and concerns about their child’s screen viewing activities. Results: Parents’ television viewing time was directly associated with preschoolers’ television viewing time and parental rule for television viewing time mediated this association in both samples (14.4% and 8.1% in the Australian and Belgian samples, respectively). Conclusions: This study is unique in examining the mediating pathway of parental television viewing and a rule limiting TV viewing time and whether this is consistent in different samples. Due to the consistent importance, both parents’ television viewing time and rules should be targeted in interventions to decrease preschoolers’ television viewing time.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2014-0190
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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