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Patterns of television viewing and associated factors among adolescent school children in the Anuradhapura Educational Zone, Sri Lanka

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A Padeniya ,

Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo, LK
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Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo and Academic Head, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
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R A Kumarathunga,

Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka, LK
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Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka

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W S Dissanayake,

Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka, LK
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Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka
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P C Jayawardhana,

Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka, LK
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Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka
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C N Nuwandika,

Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka, LK
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Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka
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T M Rathnayeka,

Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka, LK
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Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka
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C N Weerakoon,

Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka, LK
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Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka
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D W Delpagoda Delpagoda

Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka, LK
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Society for Health Research and Innovation Trust Fund (SHRI), Sri Lanka
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Abstract

Background: The popularity of screening media and its influence on the younger generation is an emerging worldwide public health problem. The scarcity of statistics become more evident in Sri Lanka compared to the world. For timely interventions, identification of patterns of screening media usage is a national demand.

Objective: To describe the television (TV) viewing patterns and associated factors among adolescent school children in Anuradhapura Educational Zone

Method: This is a descriptive, cross-sectional study. The sample size was 2060, selected using two staged cluster sampling and random sampling. A pre-tested, self-administered questionnaire was used.

Results: Response rate was 87%. Almost 97% of the sample had a TV at home and 92% of them had it in their living room. A majority of 94% were watching TV under parental supervision. Mean TV viewing time per week was 23.6 hours. Mean time spent for extracurricular activities per week was 9.3 hours.

Conclusions: TV viewing time per week was high compared to mean time spent on extracurricular activities.

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2019; 48(4): 292-299

 


How to Cite: Padeniya, A., Kumarathunga, R.A., Dissanayake, W.S., Jayawardhana, P.C., Nuwandika, C.N., Rathnayeka, T.M., Weerakoon, C.N. and Delpagoda, D.W.D., 2019. Patterns of television viewing and associated factors among adolescent school children in the Anuradhapura Educational Zone, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 48(4), pp.292–299.
Published on 05 Dec 2019.
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