Family-based interventions for reducing sedentary time in youth: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Marsh, S., Foley, L. S., Wilks, D. C. and Maddison, R. 2014, Family-based interventions for reducing sedentary time in youth: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials, Obesity reviews, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 117-133, doi: 10.1111/obr.12105.

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Title Family-based interventions for reducing sedentary time in youth: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials
Author(s) Marsh, S.
Foley, L. S.
Wilks, D. C.
Maddison, R.ORCID iD for Maddison, R.
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 117
End page 133
Total pages 17
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-02
ISSN 1467-789X
Keyword(s) Adolescents
screen time
sedentary behaviour
Child, Preschool
Energy Intake
Energy Metabolism
Family Health
Health Promotion
Leisure Activities
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Risk Reduction Behavior
Sedentary Lifestyle
Time Factors
Summary Family involvement in interventions to reduce sedentary time may help foster appropriate long-term screen-based habits in children. This review systematically synthesized evidence from randomized controlled trials of interventions with a family component that targeted reduction of sedentary time, including TV viewing, video games and computer use, in children. MEDLINE, PubMed, PsycInfo, CINAHL and Embase were searched from inception through March 2012. Seventeen articles were considered eligible and included in the review. Studies were judged to be at low-to-moderate risk of bias. Despite inconsistent study results, level of parental involvement, rather than the setting itself, appeared an important determinant of intervention success. Studies including a parental component of medium-to-high intensity were consistently associated with statistically significant changes in sedentary behaviours. Participant age was also identified as a determinant of intervention outcomes; all three studies conducted in pre-school children demonstrated significant decreases in sedentary time. Finally, TV exposure appeared to be related to changes in energy intake rather than physical activity. Future studies should assess the effects of greater parental involvement and child age on success of sedentary behaviour interventions. More research is required to better understand the relationship between screen time and health behaviours, particularly energy intake.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/obr.12105
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical And Health Sciences
17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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