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Citation

Busch V, Ananda Manders L, Rob Josephus de Leeuw J. Am. J. Health Behav. 2013; 37(6): 819-830.

Affiliation

Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands. v.busch@umcutrecht.nl.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2013, PNG Publications)

DOI

10.5993/AJHB.37.6.11

PMID

24001631

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To study the associations of screen time (Internet / video games / television) with health-related behaviors and outcomes in adolescents. METHODS: Regression analyses were performed to assess the associations of screen time with several health-related behaviors and outcomes in 2425 Dutch adolescents. RESULTS: Screen time was associated with bullying, being bullied, less physical activity, skipping school, alcohol use and unhealthy eating habits. Compulsive and excessive screen times were associated respectively with several psychosocial problems and being overweight. CONCLUSIONS: Screen time was of significant importance to adolescent health. Behavioral interrelatedness caused significant confounding in the studied relations when behaviors were analyzed separately compared to a multi-behavioral approach, which speaks for more multi-behavioral analyses in future studies.


Language: en

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