Just Five More Minutes Please: An Examination of the Relationship between Electronic Media Use, Sleep and Behaviour in Young Children
Mount Saint Vincent University
This study explored the relationship between electronic media use, sleep and behaviour in preschool aged children. The primary hypothesis of this study was that excessive electronic media use (> 2 hours a day) would positively correlate with sleep patterns (in particular, disturbances) and negative behavioural outcomes (specifically, hostile-aggressive, anxious-fearful and hyperactive-distractible behaviours). Overall, the results indicated a total of 32 significant correlations to support the main hypothesis. However, multiple regression analyses indicated that neither sleep patterns nor electronic media use predicted behaviour. Additionally, MR analyses did not find that electronic media use predicted sleep patterns. Implications for school psychologists and parents are discussed, as well as limitations of the current study and questions in need of further exploration.
sleep behavior , Sleep - children , electronic media use