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The association of hyperactivity with television viewing in children age 4 to 6 years.


Gerome M. Geniebla

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Journal Article, Original
Philippine Journal of Pediatrics
Publication Date
April-June 2006


OBJECTIVE. To determine the association of television viewing with hyperactivity in children 4-6 years. DESIGN. Descriptive study. SETTING. La Salle Greenhills & Saint Pedro Poveda College. METHODS. Questionnaire patterned with Vanderbilt assessment of ADHD was gathered from children ages 4 to 6 years. RESULTS. The mean number of hours of TV viewing was about 3.0 hours +/- SD. The older the child, the higher the proportion of violent shows watched. Males showed a significantly higher proportion of violent shows watched. Symptoms #2 (leaves seat in classroom), #5 (always on the go, driven like a motor) and #1 (often fidgets, squirms in seat), #5 (always on the go) were significantly associated with number of hours viewing and a high proportion of shows with violent content respectively between parent's and teacher's evaluation. CONCLUSION. Hyperactivity is associated with television viewing based on the length of time watching TV and violent contents of the program viewed by children ages 4 to 6 years regardless of the presence or absence of a companion while watching television. Age and sex were found to be associated with hyperactivity. The Cohen's kappa was found to be low. (Author)


To determine if there is association between television viewing hyperactivity in children ages 4-6 years; to determine if there is association of age and sex with hyperactivity; to determine the most commonly viewed TV program & length of time viewing; to determine if there is agreement between the parents and the teachers as evaluator.

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