HBSC home

HEALTH BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION COLLABORATIVE CROSS-NATIONAL SURVEY

 

HBSC News

News Item:
HBSC Network Publishes: Computer use, sleep duration and health symptoms: a cross-sectional study of 15-year olds in 3 countries

Consuming digital content and the use of electronic media form an important part of life for today’s children and adolescents. Previous studies have reported that media exposure among school-aged children and adolescents is around 8 hours per day. Previous studies have also indicated that frequent electronic media use, computer use or TV viewing is associated with mental and somatic symptoms, socio-emotional problems, and tiredness.

This latest publication, from members of the HBSC study and using HBSC's 2010 data, investigated whether computer use is associated with health symptoms through sleep duration among 15-year olds in Finland, France and Denmark. Symptoms assessed included feeling low, irritability/bad temper, nervousness, headache, stomach-ache, backache, and feeling dizzy. The researchers used structural equation modelling to explore the mediating effect of sleep duration on the association between computer use and symptom load. 

The results showed that computer use was associated with shorter sleep duration and a higher symptom load. Suggesting that sleep duration may be an underlying mechanism behind the association with computer use and health symptoms.

see here for further details
contact: Mr Joseph Hancock

item 2377
[16-07-2014 to 30-09-2014]

 


HBSC News Archive: