Identifying subgroups of US Adults at risk for prolonged television viewing to inform program development

King, Abby C., Goldberg, Jennifer H., Salmon, Jo, Owen, Neville, Dunstan, David, Weber, Deanne, Doyle, Colleen and Robinson, Thomas N. (2010) Identifying subgroups of US Adults at risk for prolonged television viewing to inform program development. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 38 1: 17-26. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2009.08.032


Author King, Abby C.
Goldberg, Jennifer H.
Salmon, Jo
Owen, Neville
Dunstan, David
Weber, Deanne
Doyle, Colleen
Robinson, Thomas N.
Title Identifying subgroups of US Adults at risk for prolonged television viewing to inform program development
Journal name American Journal of Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0749-3797
1873-2607
Publication date 2010-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2009.08.032
Volume 38
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 26
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background

Although adverse health effects of prolonged TV viewing have been increasingly recognized, little population-wide information is available concerning subgroups at greatest risk for this behavior.

Purpose


This study sought to identify, in a U.S. population–derived sample, combinations of variables that defined subgroups with higher versus lower levels of usual TV-viewing time.

Methods


A total of 5556 adults from a national consumer panel participated in the mail survey in 2001 (55% women, 71% white, 13% black, and 11% Hispanic). Nonparametric risk classification analyses were conducted in 2008.

Results


Subgroups with the highest proportions of people watching >14 hours/week of TV were identified and described using a combination of demographic (i.e., lower household incomes, divorced/separated); health and mental health (i.e., poorer rated overall health, higher BMI, more depression); and behavioral (i.e., eating dinner in front of the TV, smoking, less physical activity) variables. The subgroup with the highest rates of TV viewing routinely ate dinner while watching TV and had lower income and poorer health. Prolonged TV viewing also was associated with perceived aspects of the neighborhood environment (i.e., heavy traffic and crime, lack of neighborhood lighting, and poor scenery).

Conclusions


The results can help inform intervention development in this increasingly important behavioral health area.

Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
School of Public Health Publications
 
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