Screen-time during the after-school period: a contextual perspective

Haycraft, Emma and Sherar, Lauren B. and Griffiths, Paula and Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: and Pearson, Natalie (2020) Screen-time during the after-school period: a contextual perspective. Preventive Medicine Reports, 19:101116.

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Sedentary screen-time is an increasingly prevalent behaviour, associated with a range of adverse health outcomes. Sedentary time and screen-use increase during adolescence, making this age group a prime target for behaviour change interventions. Better understanding the context in which sedentary screen-behaviours occur is important for ensuring future interventions have maximum impact. This study aimed to describe the prevalence of adolescents’ sedentary screen-time in the after-school and weekday evening periods, and to examine associations between contextual factors (location within the home and who they were with) and after-school/evening screen-time. Time that UK adolescents (N = 204, aged 11 or 12 years, 61.4% girls) spent using various screens was measured using a detailed three-day time-use diary completed at home. Adolescents reported the start and end time for each screen-based activity, where they were, and who they were with. Weekday (Monday-Friday) data were analysed with a focus on the after-school (3–6 pm) and evening periods (6–10.45 pm). Young adolescents spend around a third of their weekday evening leisure-time using screens, with boys engaging in slightly more screen-use than girls. The majority of after-school and weekday evening time at home was spent with family or siblings, with less than 1% spent with friends. Adolescents who spent more time alone after school reported greater screen-use. Greater time spent at home, in the lounge (living room) or bedroom was associated with greater screen-use. These findings highlight the value of devising family-based health-promotion interventions which target after-school/leisure-time screen-use in an effort to reduce young adolescents’ sedentary recreational screen-time behaviours.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 03:23
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 06:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: sedentary behaviour; television viewing; screen-use; adolescents; behaviour change; health promotion
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200401 Behaviour and health
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