Screen Time Parenting Practices and Associations with Preschool Children’s TV Viewing and Weight-Related Outcomes
AuthorNeshteruk, Cody D.
Vaughn, Amber E.
Luecking, Courtney T.
Ward, Dianne S.
DepartmentSocial and Behavioral Sciences
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/6993
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine associations between screen time (ST) parenting practices and 2–5-year-old children’s TV viewing and weight status. Data were collected from 252 parent–child dyads enrolled in a randomized parent-focused childhood obesity prevention trial from 2009–2012. ST parenting practices were assessed at baseline using a validated parent-reported survey. Parent-reported child TV viewing and objectively measured anthropometrics were assessed at baseline, post-intervention (35 weeks), and follow-up (59 weeks). Marginal effect models were developed to test the association between baseline ST parenting practices and children’s TV viewing, BMI z-score, and waist circumference across all time points. Limiting/monitoring ST was associated with decreased weekly TV viewing (β = −1.79, 95% CI: −2.61; −0.95), while exposure to TV was associated with more weekly TV viewing over 59 weeks (β = 1.23, 95% CI: 0.71; 1.75). Greater parent use of ST as a reward was associated with increased child BMI z-score (β = 0.15, 95% CI: 0.03; 0.27), while limiting/monitoring ST was associated with decreased BMI z-score (β = −0.16, 95% CI: −0.30; −0.01) and smaller waist circumference (β = −0.55, 95% CI: −1.04; −0.06) over the study period. These findings suggest that modifying parent ST practices may be an important strategy to reduce ST and promote healthy weight in young children.
CitationNeshteruk, C.D.; Tripicchio, G.L.; Lobaugh, S.; Vaughn, A.E.; Luecking, C.T.; Mazzucca, S.; Ward, D.S. Screen Time Parenting Practices and Associations with Preschool Children’s TV Viewing and Weight-Related Outcomes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7359. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147359
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