Childhood and Adolescent Television Viewing and Antisocial Behavior in Early Adulthood – Forum

Date: 2013-03-04

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Title: Childhood and Adolescent Television Viewing and Antisocial Behavior in Early Adulthood

Authors:  Lindsay A. Robertson, Helena M. McAnally, and Robert J. Hancox

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Overview: Many studies have identified an association between television viewing and antisocial behavior, although very few have been able to demonstrate a cause-and-effect sequence. The issue of whether excessive television viewing contributes to antisocial behavior remains controversial. Excessive television viewing during childhood and adolescence was associated with objective and subjective measures of antisocial behavior in adulthood. These associations were not explained by preexisting antisocial tendencies or other potential confounders. Excessive television appears to have long-term psychosocial consequences.

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Citation: Robertson, L A, Helena M. McAnally & Robert J. Hancox, 2013, “Childhood and Adolescent Television Viewing and Antisocial Behavior in Early Adulthood”, Pediatrics 131:3, 439-446. Published online February 18, 2013. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-1582.

Academic citations forward:

1 McCarthy, Claire, 2013, “Pediatricians and Television: It’s Time to Rethink Our Messaging and Our Efforts.” Pediatrics published online February 18, 2013. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-3872.

Other citations forward:

1 Healio Pediatrics, February 20, 2013, “Too much TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behavior”,

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