Journal article

The Association Between Electronic Media and Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Late Childhood

Lisa K Mundy, Louise Canterford, Timothy Olds, Nicholas B Allen, George C Patton

Academic Pediatrics | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2017


OBJECTIVE: There is growing concern that rising rates of electronic media use might be harmful. However, the extent to which different types of electronic media use might be associated with emotional and behavioral problems is unclear. In this study we examined associations between emotional and behavioral problems and electronic media use during late childhood, in a large community sample. METHODS: Participants were 876 8- to 9-year-old children taking part in the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study in Australia. Parents reported on their child's emotional and behavioral problems using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and on their child's duration of electronic media use (..

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Awarded by Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by a project grant from Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (grant 1010018). Murdoch Childrens Research Institute research is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program. Dr Mundy is partially supported by a grant from the Invergowrie Foundation. Professor Patton is supported by a Senior Principal Research Fellowship from National Health and Medical Research Council. The funding sources had no role in study design, in the collection, analysis, or interpretation of data, in the writing of the report, and in the decision to submit the report for publication. Permission was granted from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Office and the Catholic Education Office Melbourne to recruit through their schools.