Parental sedentary restriction, maternal parenting style, and television viewing among 10-to 11-year-olds

Russell Jago, Kirsten K Davison, Janice L Thompson, Angie S Page, Rowan Brockman, Kenneth R Fox

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Objective: To examine whether parenting styles or practices were associated with children's television (TV) viewing.

Methods: A total of 431 parent-child dyads (10- to 11-year-old children) from Bristol, United Kingdom, were included. Child and parent TV viewing were self-reported and categorized as 4 hours/day. Children reported maternal parenting style (authoritarian, authoritative, or permissive). Child-reported maternal and paternal sedentary restriction scores were combined to create a family-level restriction score. Multinomial logistic regression was used to examine whether child TV viewing was predicted by parenting style or family restriction.

Results: A greater proportion of children with permissive mothers watched >4 hours of TV per day, compared with children with authoritarian or authoritative mothers (P = .033). A greater proportion of children for whom both parents demonstrated high restriction watched 4 hours (vs 4 hours of TV per day was 5.2 times higher for children with permissive (versus authoritative) mothers (P = .010).

Conclusions: Clinicians need to talk directly with parents about the need to place limitations on children's screen time and to encourage both parents to reinforce restriction messages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e572-e578
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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