Journal article

A Longitudinal Study of the Relation between Childhood Activities and Psychosocial Adjustment in Early Adolescence

Rosa S Wong, Keith TS Tung, Nirmala Rao, Frederick KW Ho, Ko Ling Chan, King-Wa Fu, Winnie WY Tso, Fan Jiang, Jason CS Yam, David Coghill, Ian CK Wong, Patrick Ip

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although an increasing body of research shows that excessive screen time could impair brain development, whereas non-screen recreational activities can promote the development of adaptive emotion regulation and social skills, there is a lack of comparative research on this topic. Hence, this study examined whether and to what extent the frequency of early-life activities predicted later externalizing and internalizing problems. METHODS: In 2012/13, we recruited Kindergarten 3 (K3) students from randomly selected kindergartens in two districts of Hong Kong and collected parent-report data on children's screen activities and parent-child activities. In 2018/19, we re-surveyed the p..

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