Concordance of Child and Parent Reports of Children's Screen Media Use.
OBJECTIVE: Little is known about the concordance of parent and child reports of children's media consumption, even though parents are often asked to report for their children in clinical care settings. Our objective was to understand how parent and child reports of children's media consumption differ in an era of changing screen media consumption via personal devices. METHODS: As part of a larger study about the reception of health-related cues from children's media, children ages 9 to 11 years (N = 114) and their parents independently completed identical questionnaires about specific media use and health behaviors. To examine concordance between child and parent reports of children's screen media use, we calculated the mean number of minutes per day and proportions reported by the child and parent and assessed concordance with t-tests and chi-square tests. RESULTS: On a typical day, children reported nearly an hour each of video and app game use, computer use, and television exposure. Overall, child and parent reports were similar, usually within 10 minutes of each other; however, among 3 measures of TV use, parents consistently reported less TV exposure than children. There was significant discordance in the percentages of parents and children reporting the presence of a TV in the child's room. CONCLUSIONS: Parent and child reports of children's media use were generally concordant; however, there were important disagreements, such as TV use in the child's room and during meals. We discuss possible causes of discrepancies and implications.
Wood, CT; Skinner, AC; Brown, JD; Brown, CL; Howard, JB; Steiner, MJ; Perrin, AJ; Levine, C; Ravanbakht, SN; Perrin, EM
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