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

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posted on 01.09.2015, 00:00 authored by E De Decker, Kylie HeskethKylie Hesketh, M De Craemer, Trina Hinkley, I De Bourdeaudhuij, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, G Cardon
BACKGROUND: 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.

History

Journal

Journal of physical activity & health

Volume

12

Issue

9

Pagination

1272 - 1279

Publisher

Human Kinetics Publishers

Location

Champaign, Ill.

eISSN

1543-5474

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2015, Human Kinetics