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Screen Time Associated with Health Behaviors and Outcomes in Adolescents

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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.
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Keywords: ADOLESCENT; HEALTH BEHAVIOR; OVERWEIGHT; PSYCHOSOCIAL PROBLEMS; SCREEN TIME

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands. v.busch@umcutrecht.nl 2: University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands 3: Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Publication date: 2013-11-01

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