Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162134
Title: The associations between mobile media use and food consumption in parent-child dyads
Authors: Lu, Jiahui
Cayabyab, Ysa Marie
Malik, Shelly
Lwin, May Oo
Keywords: Social sciences::Mass media
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Lu, J., Cayabyab, Y. M., Malik, S. & Lwin, M. O. (2022). The associations between mobile media use and food consumption in parent-child dyads. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 31(7), 2005-2014. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02241-0
Project: NMRC/HSRG/0068/2016 
Journal: Journal of Child and Family Studies 
Abstract: Mobile media is an emerging factor that may affect children’s dietary behaviors in the family environment. However, little research has examined associations between mobile media use and children’s food intake within family units. Particularly, though studies have suggested that parents’ mobile media use can affect parental mediation and distract parenting, few have examined the interpersonal associations between parents’ mobile media use and their child’s food consumption while controlling for the interdependence between parents and children. Adopting the actor-partner interdependence model, this research investigates the dyadic associations between mobile media use and food consumption in parent-child dyads. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Singapore with a national sample of 291 children aged 7–18 years and their parents (i.e., 291 parent-child dyads). Daily mobile media use and daily healthy and unhealthy food intake were measured for both children and parents. Findings demonstrated that parents’ mobile media use was associated with both their own and their child’s healthy and unhealthy food intake. In addition, children’s mobile media use was associated with their own unhealthy food intake but not healthy food intake after controlling for covariations of variables between parents and children. Findings were generally consistent across children’s age groups. This research suggests that parents’ mobile media use has substantial impacts on their child’s eating behaviors, and children’s healthy food intake may be better explained by parental influences than by their own mobile media use. This study provides new insights into children obesity prevention efforts based on reduced mobile media use in the family environment.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162134
ISSN: 1062-1024
DOI: 10.1007/s10826-022-02241-0
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
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