TitleAdherence to active play and electronic media guidelines in preschool children: gender and parental education considerations.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLoprinzi, PD, Schary, DP, Cardinal, BJ
JournalMaternal and child health journal
Volume17
Issue1
Pagination56-61
Date Published2013 Jan
KeywordsVideo Games
Abstract

The primary purpose of the present study was to examine adherence to current active play and electronic media use guidelines in a sample of US preschool-aged children and to examine whether differences occurred across gender and parental education. 164 parents completed an on-line survey to estimate preschool children's active play and sedentary behaviors. For weekdays, 50% of the sample met the active play guideline with this increasing to 65% during the weekend. With respect to electronic media use, 90% of the sample met guidelines during the week, with the percentage meeting guidelines dropping to 78% during the weekend. A greater percentage of preschool children from high parental education families (83.4 ± 3.3) met electronic media use guidelines on the weekends, compared to preschool children from low parental education families (59.4 ± 8.1) (p = 0.002). Our findings indicate that a substantial portion of preschool children are not meeting active play guidelines and that adherence to active play and electronic media use guidelines may be influenced by parental education.

DOI10.1007/s10995-012-0952-8