A TV in the bedroom is associated with lower standardized test scores among third grade students

CHICAGO — In a study of third graders, children with a television in their bedrooms had lower scores on standardized tests while children with access to a home computer had higher scores, researchers report in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

U.S. households with children have an average of 2.8 television sets and 97 percent of those households have at least one video cassette recorder (VCR) or DVD player, according to background information in the article. More than two thirds of households with children have at least one computer and more than half (53 percent) have home Internet access. While substantial evidence exists to show that people who use media more heavily are at greater risk for obesity and aggressive behavior, the relationship between media and academic achievement is less clear, the researchers suggest.

Dina L. G. Borzekowski, Ed.D., of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, and Thomas N. Robinson, M.D., M.P.H., of Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., compared students' third grade tests scores on the Stanford Achievement Test (mathematics, reading and language arts sections) in the spring of 2000 with data on television and computer use collected through student surveys and telephone interviews with parents for children in six elementary schools in the fall of 1999 and the spring of 2000. Three hundred forty-eight students completed the survey. The children had an average age of 8.5 years, were ethnically diverse and evenly divided between the sexes (53 percent girls).

The children reported an average of 3.3 television sets per households and almost all had a VCR. Seventy-one percent of the children had a TV set in their own bedroom and 71 percent had access to a home computer. Media environment variables were not significantly associated with the parents' education, students' ethnicity or the primary language spoken in the home.

Contact: Tim Parsons
JAMA and Archives Journals

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Television in the bedroom may hurt childs school performance
2. Kids with bedroom TV sets have lower standardized test scores, Stanford/Packard study shows
3. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
4. Fluctuating eye pressure associated with visual field deterioration in glaucoma patients
5. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
6. Maternal obesity prior to pregnancy associated with birth defects
7. ADHD appears to be associated with depressed dopamine activity in the brain
8. Lower mortality rates associated with hospitals that rank highest on quality of care indicators
9. Poor sleep hygiene in children associated with behavioral problems
10. Dating violence and sexual assault associated with suicide attempts among urban teens
11. Low doses of ecstasy associated with decline in verbal memory

Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... The American Institutes for ... campus health staff caring for students who have experienced sexual assault and other trauma. ... White House during the Violence Against Women Act's 21st anniversary. , ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Califia Farms , one ... the release of its limited edition holiday seasonal flavors: Almondmilk Holiday Nog, new ... the unique flavor combinations and delicious taste Califia Farms’ beverages are known for, ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... Altec ... their sponsorship of the Microsoft Dynamics AXUG, GPUG and NAVUG Summits to take ... and NAVUG Summit are independent user conferences designed and led by users to ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , ... October 13, 2015 , ... Dr. Poneh Ghasri, ... New Today on September 18, 2015. The research, which was conducted at the Dental ... Sabbah and colleagues, show connections between stress during pregnancy and future dental health in ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Protein is essential to good health. You need it to ... how much protein does the average man need in order to stay healthy? ... 2015 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch . Most Americans get about 15% ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... -- Families across the country have filed product ... pharmaceutical company,s blockbuster anti-nausea drug Zofran and congenital ... their fraudulent misrepresentations to prescribing physicians about the ...   Due to the large number of Zofran birth ... Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has ordered that ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... LAS VEGAS , Oct. 13, 2015 ... field of vascular medicine and intervention through education and ... its annual conference,  VIVA 2015 . Sixteen trial results, ... be released for the first time on Monday and ... Vegas. --> --> ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , Oct. 13, 2015   Generational Equity , ... businesses, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its ... Largo, Florida , by Meridian Biomedical, ... September 11, 2015. Florida ... --> Florida . To learn more, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: