понедельник, 24 сентября 2012 г.

Studies Conducted at Department of Health on Pediatric Psychology and Psychiatry Recently Published.(Report) - Mental Health Weekly Digest

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Mental Health Weekly Digest -- Fresh data on Pediatric Psychology and Psychiatry are presented in a new report. According to news reporting out of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx editors, research stated, 'Few studies have examined the effect of excess television (TV) viewing on specific mental health outcomes, such as self-esteem. We explored the cross-sectional association between TV viewing hours and self-esteem in young children.'

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Department of Health, 'A total of 70,210 primary 4 (US grade 4) participants of the Department of Health Student Health Service, Hong Kong, in 1998-2000 reported TV viewing hours in a standardized questionnaire. Self-esteem was assessed using the Culture-Free Self-Esteem Inventories for Children (SEI) with 4 subscales. Multivariate linear regression yielded beta coefficients (beta) for SEI subscale scores by TV hours, adjusting for age, sex, body mass index, lifestyle characteristics, and highest parental education and occupational status. Only 10.9% of children watched >4 hours per day, while 45.3% watched TV for 1 to <= 2 hours per day. Compared with children who watched <1 hour of TV per day, those who watched a moderate amount (1 to <= 2 hours/day) had higher (more favorable) SEI scores in the General (beta = 0.09; 95% confidence interval = 0.02-0.16), Social (0.05; 0.01-0.09), and Parent-Related (0.04; 0.00-0.08) subscales but lower scores in the Academic subscale (-0.06; -0.09 to -0.02). Children who watched >2 hours of TV per day had lower SEI scores than those who watched <1 hour per day in all 4 subscales. An inverted J-shaped relation was observed between TV viewing hours and self-esteem among young children.'

According to the news editors, the researchers concluded: 'The development of self-esteem among children who report little or excessive TV viewing should be further studied.'

For more information on this research see: Association Between Television Viewing and Self-Esteem in Children. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2012;33(6):479-485. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics can be contacted at: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins - www.lww.com; Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics - journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/pages/default.aspx)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S.P.P. Tin, Dept. of Hlth, Student Hlth Serv, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China (see also Pediatric Psychology and Psychiatry).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Hong Kong, Self-Esteem, Mental Health, People's Republic of China, Pediatric Psychology and Psychiatry

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