Children's occupational time use

Ziviani, Jenny, Desha, Laura and Rodger, Sylvia (2006). Children's occupational time use. In Sylvia Rodger and Jenny Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation (pp. 91-112) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Author Ziviani, Jenny
Desha, Laura
Rodger, Sylvia
Title of chapter Children's occupational time use
Title of book Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation
Place of Publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781405124560
Editor Sylvia Rodger
Jenny Ziviani
Chapter number 5
Start page 91
End page 112
Total pages 22
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subjects 321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Adolph Meyer first posited the organization of daily activity as having the potential to impact on wellbeing (Meyer, 1977). In the emerging discipline of occupational science, researchers continue to question what constitutes a healthful balance of work, rest and leisure (Clark et al., 1991). To date, most of this work has been undertaken with adults. The current attention directed to children with respect to the increasing amount of time devoted to screen based activities, and reduced time in physical activity, has alerted all involved in children's welfare to review what constitutes a healthful distribution of time.

Unlike adults, children have much less control about how their time is structured. The family/social milieu in which children grow up and their immediate physical environment are largely under adult influence. Furthermore, because they are developing beings, time use for children has important developmental implications. Children require adequate sleep for growth, physical activity for health and the development of motor skills, and social contact to support communication and skill development. In this chapter we explore children's occupational time use, with the aim of establishing what we currently understand to be a healthful balance.
© 2006 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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