Screen-based behaviour in school-aged children with long-term illness

Daniela Husarova*, Andrea Madarasova Geckova, Lukas Blinka, Anna Sevcikova, Jitse P van Dijk, Sijmen A Reijneveld

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Evidence is lacking on the screen-based behaviour of adolescents with a chronic condition. The aim of our study was to analyse differences in screen-based behaviour of adolescents by long-term illness, asthma and learning disabilities.

METHODS: We used data from the cross-sectional Health Behaviour of School-aged Children study collected in 2014 among Slovak adolescents (age 13 to 15 years old, N = 2682, 49.7 % boys). We analysed the associations between screen-based behaviour and long-term illness, asthma and learning disabilities using logistic regression models adjusted for gender.

RESULTS: We found no associations between screen-based behaviour and long-term illness, except that children with asthma had a 1.60-times higher odds of excessively playing computer games than healthy children (95 % confidence interval of odds ratio (CI): 1.11-2.30). Children with learning disabilities had 1.71-times higher odds of risky use of the Internet (95 % CI: 1.19-2.45).

CONCLUSION: Adolescents with a long-term illness or with a chronic condition or a learning disability do not differ from their peers in screen-based activities. Exceptions are children with asthma and children with learning disabilities, who reported more risky screen-based behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Article number130
Number of pages5
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume16
Issue number130
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9-Feb-2016

Keywords

  • Long-term illness
  • Asthma
  • Learning disabilities
  • Internet
  • Watching TV
  • Playing computer games
  • Working with a computer
  • Adolescents
  • PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
  • LEARNING-DISABILITIES
  • SEDENTARY BEHAVIORS
  • INTERNET ADDICTION
  • ASSOCIATION
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • PREVALENCE
  • ASTHMA
  • MEDIA
  • TIME

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