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ERIC Number: EJ1057614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Prevalence and Stability of Active Play, Restricted Movement and Television Viewing in Infants
Hesketh, Kylie D.; Crawford, David A.; Abbott, Gavin; Campbell, Karen J.; Salmon, Jo
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n6 p883-894 2015
This study describes engagement in and stability of physical activity and sedentary behaviours in early life, and assesses associations with sex, maternal education and developmental stage. Maternal-report data at child age 4, 9 and 20 months were collected from 542 families in the Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial Program. Parents estimated average time per day their child spent in active pursuits or pursuits that restricted movement. With increasing age, children generally spent more time in active pursuits and watching television, and less time in situations that restrict movement. Associations were found with age of developmental milestone attainment but not sex or maternal education. Stability over time was strongest for television viewing (ß?=?0.34-0.38) and time spent outdoors (ß?=?0.27-0.33). Contrary to guidelines, television viewing increased and showed stability, suggesting a need to target this behaviour very early in life to achieve optimal longer term outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia