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Vol. 11 - Num. 43

Original Papers

Screen-viewing abuse impact on mental development

Eduardo Vara Roblesa, R Pons Graub, F Lajara Latorreb, SM Molinaa, V Villarejo Romerac, E Planas Sanzc

aPediatra. Servicio de Pediatría. Área Básica de Salud Nova Lloreda. Badalona. Barcelona. España.
bEnfermera pediátrica. Servicio de Pediatría. Área Básica de Salud Nova Lloreda. Badalona. Barcelona. España.
cEnfermera pediátrica. Servicio de Pediatría. Área Básica de Salud Apenins-Montigalà. Badalona. Barcelona. España.

Correspondence: E Vara. E-mail: eduardvara@terra.es

Reference of this article: Vara Robles E, Pons Grau R, Lajara Latorre F, Molina SM, Villarejo Romera V, Planas Sanz E. Screen-viewing abuse impact on mental development. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2009;11:413-23.

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Abstract

Objective: the present study examines anthropometric measurements, mental development and social skills in children exposed to screen-viewing (television, video games, computer).

Methods: one hundred and thirty interviews were addressed to children aged 5 to 10 years. Information about gender, age, family, screen-viewing time, sport-practicing time, anthropometric measurements, responsibility punctuation, sociability punctuation and Goodenough’s test (as estimation of intelligence quotient) was collected.

Results: multiple regression models showed a statistically significant association between body mass index (BMI) and television and video viewing time (B = 0.06; p = 0.05) and between BMI and computer and videogame use time (B = 0.34; p < 0.01), as well as between estimated intelligence quotient and computer and video game use time (B = -1.67; p = 0.02).

Conclusions: screen-viewing abuse is associated with a higher risk of overweight. Electronic games abuse is associated with a lower intelligence quotient. Wide strategies to warn families about these risks are needed.

Keywords

Body Mass Index Child Computer Intelligence Television Video games

 

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