Behavioral Correlates of Television Viewing in Young Adolescents in Turkey

ÖZMERT E. N., İNCE O. T., Pektas A., Ozdemir R., Uckardes Y.

INDIAN PEDIATRICS, vol.48, no.3, pp.229-231, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.229-231
  • Keywords: Adolescent, Behavior, Television, Turkey, CHILDREN, INITIATION, ADULTHOOD, VIOLENCE, HEALTH
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


We evaluated the behavioral effects of television (TV) viewing in 860 young adolescents as reported by parents (n=581) on Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). The mean duration of TV viewing was 2.32 +/- 1.77 hours/day according to parents and 2.08 +/- 1.41 hours/day according to self report (r=0.37, P < 0.0001). The linear regression analysis revealed a statistically significant relation between socioeconomic status (P=0.019) and aggressive behavior score of CBCL (P=0.016) and parent reported TV viewing hours. Self reported TV viewing for more than 2 hours was significantly associated with social problem score (OR 1.17; 95% CI: 1.016-1.349; P=0.030) and having a TV in bedroom (OR:1.706; 95% CI: 1.065-2.731, P=0.026).