- Parents, television and children’s weight status: on lasting effects of parental television socialization in the Netherlands
- Journal of Children and Media
- Volume | Issue number
- 7 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
This study scrutinizes the long-term effects of parental television socialization activities on their children's weight status measured through body mass index (BMI-score). We address the question how parental television habits and parental television mediation in childhood relate to a person's weight status in adulthood. To analyze this issue we employed data from the 2009 Family Survey of the Dutch Population with extensive retrospective information on 1,377 Dutch respondents and their parents. Structural equation models were estimated and showed long-term effects of parental television role modeling and mediation on their children's weight status in adulthood. A parental example of frequent television viewing and social coviewing lastingly increases children's weight status through two distinct pathways: via weight status in young adulthood and via educational attainment and adult television habits. Parental instructional television mediation, however, is related to a lower-weight status of their children later in life.
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