ERIC Number: EJ1054072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
TV Viewing, Perceived Similarity, Coviewing, and Mental Well-Being among African American, Latino, and White Children
McDade-Montez, Elizabeth; Wallander, Jan; Elliott, Marc; Grunbaum, Jo Anne; Tortolero, Susan; Cuccaro, Paula; Schuster, Mark A.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v35 n3 p329-352 Apr 2015
Research among adults has demonstrated concurrent and prospective negative associations between TV viewing and mental health, yet little research has examined these associations among African American and Latino youth or examined the role of children's involvement with TV and parental mediation of TV viewing via coviewing. The purpose of the present study is to examine associations between TV viewing, perceived similarity, and coviewing and mental well-being in African American, Latino, and White children. Results from Healthy Passages™, a study of 4,824 African American (30%), Latino (47%), and White (23%) fifth graders, indicated that TV viewing and perceived similarity were negatively associated with mental well-being among most groups of children, and coviewing was positively associated with mental well-being among Latinos. This study extends findings from adult research on media exposure and mental well-being into a diverse sample of fifth graders and illuminates the role of perceived similarity and coviewing.
Descriptors: Television Viewing, Well Being, Mental Health, African Americans, Whites, Hispanic Americans, Children, Child Health, Mass Media Effects, Correlation, Racial Differences, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Social Cognition, Identification (Psychology), Proximity, Hypothesis Testing, Interviews, Parents, Statistical Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; California; Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: U19DP002663; U19DP002664; U19DP002665