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. (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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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 23:30
Last Modified: 18 May 2017 04:53
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
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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