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European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 172, Issue 11, pp 1543–1545 | Cite as

Parental TV viewing, parental self-efficacy, media equipment and TV viewing among preschool children

  • Russell JagoEmail author
  • Simon J. Sebire
  • Mark J. Edwards
  • Janice L. Thompson
Short Communication

Abstract

This study examined if parental TV viewing, parental self-efficacy or access to media equipment were associated with TV viewing among UK preschool-aged children. Data were derived from a cross-sectional survey of 252 parents of 3–5-year-old children. Parents reported child and parent TV viewing and the number of TVs, DVDs, computers, games consoles, hand-held games consoles, music players and laptop computers in the home. Parents also completed scales which assessed their self-efficacy to limit the screen viewing (SV) and promote the physical activity (PA) and their own PA self-efficacy. Analysis indicated that around two thirds of the children spent two or more hours per day watching TV while 75 % of parents watched ≥2 h of TV per day. Logistic regression models showed that children who had a parent who watched ≥2 h of TV per day were over five times more likely to also watch ≥2 h of TV per day. Each unit increase in parental self-efficacy to limit SV was associated with a 77 % reduction in the likelihood that the child watched ≥2 h of TV per day. Each additional piece of media equipment in the home was associated with a 28 % increase in the likelihood that parents watched ≥2 h of TV per day. Conclusion: Family-based interventions focusing on changing access to home media equipment and building parental self-efficacy to reduce child TV viewing could form part of efforts to reduce TV viewing among preschool children.

Keywords

Screen viewing TV Parenting Self-efficacy Media equipment 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was funded by a small grant from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol.

Conflict of interest

We have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Jago
    • 1
    Email author
  • Simon J. Sebire
    • 1
  • Mark J. Edwards
    • 1
  • Janice L. Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, School for Policy StudiesUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.School of Sport and Exercise SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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