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Sociodemographic Correlates of Parental Co-Participation in Digital Media Use and Physical Play of Preschool-Age Children (2021)


Hasanen, E., Koivukoski, H., Kortelainen, L., Vehmas, H., & Sääkslahti, A. (2021). Sociodemographic Correlates of Parental Co-Participation in Digital Media Use and Physical Play of Preschool-Age Children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(11), Article 5903. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115903


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All authors or editorsHasanen, Elina; Koivukoski, Henriikka; Kortelainen, Lauri; Vehmas, Hanna; Sääkslahti, Arja

Journal or seriesInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

ISSN1661-7827

eISSN1660-4601

Publication year2021

Publication date31/05/2021

Volume18

Issue number11

Article number5903

PublisherMDPI AG

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115903

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/76498


Abstract

Young children’s digital media use and physical activity have gained attention in recent research. Parental co-participation has a major impact on children’s health consequences. This study addressed a gap in the research by investigating daily parental co-participation in children’s digital media use and physical play, using the family ecological model theoretical framework. The participants in this nationally representative cross-sectional study were 2512 Finnish parents with two- to six-year-old children. Parents completed a questionnaire. Sociodemographic correlates of co-participation and of the awareness of guidelines regarding co-participation and correlation between co-participation in digital media use and physical play were analysed. Parental co-participation in physical play and digital media use correlated positively. Lower parental age, male parental gender, Finnish and Swedish languages, a fewer number of children, and a male child gender were associated with more co-participation in one or both activities, and parental female gender and low family income were associated with more awareness. The awareness of guidelines was not associated with co-participation in digital media use. There were sociodemographic differences in parental co-participation. From a health counselling perspective, parents may benefit from national recommendations on digital media use and physical activity, but adherence to guidelines depends on the family context.


Keywordschildren (age groups)preschoolers (age group)children (family members)parentsphysical activitymedia usedigital mediarecommendationssociodemographic characteristics

Free keywordsyoung children; physical activity; digital media use; parental co-participation; sociodemographics; guidelines


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Reporting Year2021

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