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Screen time in Australian children: Socioeconomic, maternal, parenting, time use and family environment factors associated with meeting screen time guidelines (Analysis of data from the MatCH study).


Recently released guidelines from the Australian Government recommends maximum daily screen time for children aged 0 - <1, 1-2, 3-5 and 5-12 years. Previous Australian research has linked screen time in children with socioeconomic factors in their parents (for example years of education) as well as with parenting style and home environment, however the majority of this research has investigated this issue in older children, has not linked long standing maternal factors and has not examined associations between and within families. This research aims to determine the associations between children’s screen time and sleep, diet, physical activity, physical and cognitive development, quality of life, behaviour, maternal factors, parenting styles and the home environment.