another reason to turn off the TV

July 2004
Mothering;Jul/Aug2004, Issue 125, p25
Many parents believe that television and children shouldn't mix. A new study connecting attentional problems and TV supports their assertion. Recently published in the journal Pediatrics, the study used for its assessments the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data set. Researchers discovered that children who watched television at ages one and three had attentional problems at age seven. The 1,278 one year olds in the data set watched an average of 2.2 hours of television per day, while the 1,345 three year olds watched an average of 3.6 hours per week. The association between early TV viewing and attentional problems existed, even while controlling for such factors as prenatal substance use and gestational age, maternal psychopathology, and socioeconomic status.


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