Excessive screen time has been associated with a multitude of child health problems. This pilot study examined the feasibility and preliminary outcome of a novel 1-session intervention designed to help parents reduce their child's screen time.
Thirty-nine parents of 5- to 12-year-old children were randomized to the intervention (a combined didactics and hands-on approach focused on technology-specific parenting) or waitlist control group.
The findings suggested that a sample could be recruited in a reasonable time (6 wk) at a reasonable cost, randomized, and retained at 6 weeks postintervention. Preliminary evidence suggested the intervention, which was implemented with fidelity, was associated with change in technology-specific parenting and 1 of 2 measures of child screen time. Parents reported satisfaction with the intervention and confidence in managing their child's screen time.
The results of this pilot study suggest that this 1-session intervention is a promising approach to managing child screen time.
*University of Vermont, Burlington, VT;
†Boston VA Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain, MA;
‡Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI.
Address for reprints: Wesley Sanders, MA, Boston VA Healthcare System, 150 S. Huntington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supported by a grant from the Child and Adolescent Psychology Training and Research, Inc. to the W. Sanders. J. Parent was supported by NICHD F31 1HD082858, and R. Forehand by NIMH R01MH100377.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Received January , 2017
Accepted July , 2017