Screen time and language delay in children: A cross-sectional study in a Southeast Asian country

See, J.K. and Jayanath, Subhashini and Azanan, Mohamad Shafiq (2022) Screen time and language delay in children: A cross-sectional study in a Southeast Asian country. Journal of Health and Translational Medicine, 25 (2). 104 – 113. ISSN 1823-7339, DOI

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Background: This questionnaire-based cross-sectional study aimed to ascertain the: (1) prevalence of excessive screen device usage among children with speech and/or language delay, (2) age of first introduction of screen device(s), and (3) association between children’s total screen time and media parenting practices. Methods: 62 children aged 1-5 years who were referred for speech and/or language delay were recruited from a general paediatrics clinic. Data on children’s total screen time, age of exposure to screen device(s), parents’ total screen time and media parenting practices were collected. Results: 56 children (90.3) had excessive screen time. There was a high prevalence of excessive screen time with early exposure to screen devices. A significant positive relationship was found between parents’ and children’s screen time (p=0.010). Children’s screen time was negatively associated with parental encouragement of non-screen activities (p=0.006) and positively associated with parental reduction of screen time as punishment (p=0.015). Conclusions: Parents should model good screen time practices and create opportunities for non-screen based alternative activities within the home environment. Usage of screen time as a means of regulating behaviour should be discouraged. © 2022, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. All rights reserved.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Article; Child; Child parent relation; Cross-sectional study; Encouragement; Female; Hearing impairment; Home environment; Human; Language delay; Major clinical study; Male; Questionnaire
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Paediatrics Department
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2023 07:56
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2023 08:51

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