If there wasn't the technology then I would probably be out everyday: a qualitative study of children's strategies to reduce their screen viewing

Sebire, Simon J. and Jago, Russell and Gorely, Trish and Hoyos Cillero, Itziar and Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 (2011) If there wasn't the technology then I would probably be out everyday: a qualitative study of children's strategies to reduce their screen viewing. Preventive Medicine, 53 (4-5). pp. 303-308. ISSN 0091-7435


Objective: To explore the views of British 10-11. year old children towards reducing their screen-viewing and their screen-viewing reduction strategies. Method: 10 focus groups were conducted with 55 10-11. year old children (30 girls, 25 boys) in Bristol (UK) in 2010. Data were transcribed and transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Three main themes were developed: Reaction to Reduction; Reduction: What, when and what else instead?; and Strategies to reduce screen-viewing. Participants reacted largely positively to reducing their screen-viewing although enjoyment, established routines and favourite TV programmes presented barriers. A range of screen-viewing modes were put forward as candidates for reduction and participants believed they would replace screen-viewing with both physically active and non-screen sedentary behaviours. Reduction strategies identified comprised the provision of alternative activities, facilities and after school clubs, peer-led educational interventions, behavioural strategies such as the use of rewards, charts and time limits which involved children's parents and parent-child collaboration. Unexpectedly, participants identified the focus group itself as a means of encouraging self-reflection and initiating change. Conclusion: Children appeared open to screen-viewing reduction and identified the strategies that they may respond to best. This can inform the development of interventions designed to reduce screen-viewing. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

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Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 23:30
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Children; Focus groups; Physical activity; Screen-viewing; Sedentary lifestyle; Public Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology; LIFE STYLES; Health behavior; Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery; PREVENTIVE AND SOCIAL PEDIATRICS;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.08.019
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31859

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