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Citation

Kostyrka-Allchorne K, Cooper NR, Simpson A, Sonuga-Barke EJS. Acta Paediatr. 2020; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2020, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/apa.15292

PMID

32271945

Abstract

AIM: This study examined the direct and indirect associations between childhood psychopathology symptoms, screen use, media multitasking and participation in non-digital recreation.

METHODS: Psychopathology symptoms, media use, media multitasking, participation in sports, social clubs and reading/games were reported by 520 parents about their 3-11-year-old children. The data were analysed using structural equation modelling.

RESULTS: There were bi-directional negative associations between sports participation and emotional problems (β = -.16, p <.001 and β = -.15, p <.001); ADHD symptoms were associated with reduced reading/games (β = -.14, p =.004). A bi-directional positive association was found between media use and conduct problems (β =.10, p =.015 and β =.14, p =.015). Increased media multitasking was indirectly associated with elevated symptoms of ADHD via a reduction in reading/games (β =.10, p =.026). However, there was no evidence that screen use mediated the associations between psychopathology symptoms and non-digital recreation.

CONCLUSION: Depending on the specific psychological difficulties, children are either less likely to participate in non-digital recreation or are more likely to use screen media or multitask with media. Interventions for children, who experience emotional or behavioural difficulties, are needed to improve participation in non-digital recreation.

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