Tracking of sedentary behaviours of young people : a systematic review

Biddle, Stuart J. H., Pearson, Natalie, Ross, Gemma M. and Braithwaite, Rock 2010, Tracking of sedentary behaviours of young people : a systematic review, Preventive medicine, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 345-351, doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.07.018.

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Title Tracking of sedentary behaviours of young people : a systematic review
Author(s) Biddle, Stuart J. H.
Pearson, Natalie
Ross, Gemma M.
Braithwaite, Rock
Journal name Preventive medicine
Volume number 51
Issue number 5
Start page 345
End page 351
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2010-11
ISSN 0091-7435
Keyword(s) tracking
sedentary behaviour
young people
Summary Objective : To review the empirical evidence concerning the strength of tracking of sedentary behaviours from childhood and adolescence.

Methods : Published English language studies were located from computerised and manual searches in 2009. Included studies were prospective, longitudinal studies with at least one sedentary behaviour for at least two time-points, with tracking coefficients reported, and included children (aged 3–11 years) and adolescents (12–18 years) at baseline.

Results : Based on data from 21 independent samples, tracking coefficients (r) ranged from 0.08 (over 16 years) to 0.73 (over 2 years) for TV viewing, from 0.18 (boys over 3 years) to 0.52 (over 2 years) for electronic game/computer use, from 0.16 (girls over 4 years) to 0.65 (boys over 2 years) for total screen time, and from −0.15 (boys over 2 years) to 0.48 (over 1 year) for total sedentary time. Study follow-up periods ranged from 1 to up to 27 years, and tracking coefficients tended to be higher with shorter follow-ups.

Conclusions : Sedentary behaviours track at moderate levels from childhood or adolescence. Data suggest that sedentary behaviours may form the foundation for such behaviours in the future and some may track slightly better than physical activity.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.07.018
Field of Research 111716 Preventive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920412 Preventive Medicine
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Elsevier Inc.
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