Weekday and weekend days correlates of sedentary time and screen-based behaviors in children

Jose Manuel Frago Calvo, Alberto Aibar Solana, Eduardo Ibor Bernalte, Eduardo Generelo Lanaspa, Javier Zaragoza Casterad


The aim of this study was to compare weekday and weekend day correlates of sedentary time, as well as some specific screen-based behaviors, in a sample of 213 Spanish six to eleven year-olds (8.68 ±1.75 years), 76 boys (8.79 ±1.75 years) and 137 girls (8.73 ±1.75 years), who wore GT3X accelerometers for 7 days. Screen-based behaviors were reported by parents through questionnaires. Different potential correlates of sedentary time and screen-based behaviors were measured, and data were analyzed using general univariate linear models and multiple regression analysis. Results revealed high levels of screen-based behaviors, both during weekdays and weekend days. From the different significant correlates for each screen-based behavior analyzed, gender, age, hours of extracurricular PA, children's MVPA and having a TV in the bedroom were identified as the main correlates in most of the behaviors analyzed. The design of multicomponent intervention programs seems advisable.

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