TITLE

Externalizing Behaviors and Television Viewing in Children of Low-Income Minority Parents

AUTHOR(S)
Gupta, Vidya B.; Nwosa, Nkemdilim M.; Nadel, Traci A.; Inamdar, Sarla
PUB. DATE
June 2001
SOURCE
Clinical Pediatrics;Jun2001, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p337
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Summary: The parents of 151 children, ages 4-16 years, attending the pediatric outpatient clinic of an urban hospital were surveyed to determine if aggressive behavior among children of low literacy and low-income parents is related to excessive television viewing or to sociological variables such as ethnicity/race, education, occupation, and parents' marital status. The survey consisted of 22 questions about the ethnicity, marital status, education, and occupation of the parent, the television viewing behavior of the child, and the externalizing behavior scale of the Child Behavior Checklist of Achenbach (CBC). The television viewing habits of children in this study were not significantly different from viewing habits reported in national surveys of the US population. T scores in the aggression scale of CBC were unrelated to the hours of television watched by children and the control of viewing by the parent but were significantly associated with the employment and marital status of the mother. Children of unemployed and single mothers had higher externalizing-behavior scores, suggesting that family ecological variables may have more influence on children's behavior than the duration of television viewing. Clin Pediatr. 2001;40:337-341
ACCESSION #
4709449

 

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