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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(7), 708; doi:10.3390/ijerph13070708

Perceived Neighborhood and Home Environmental Factors Associated with Television Viewing among Taiwanese Older Adults

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Department of Physical Education, National Taiwan Normal University, 162, Heping East Road Section 1, Taipei 106, Taiwan
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Department of Health Promotion and Health Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 106, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 30 May 2016 / Revised: 1 July 2016 / Accepted: 11 July 2016 / Published: 13 July 2016
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Abstract

This study examined the associations between perceived neighborhood and home environmental factors and excessive television (TV) viewing time among Taiwanese older adults. The sample data was collected by administering computer-assisted telephone interviewers to 980 Taiwanese older adults (aged ≥ 65 years) living in two regions. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to examine the associations between self-reported perceived neighborhood and home environmental attributions and TV viewing time by using logistic regression analyses. The results showed that perceived neighborhood and home environmental factors were associated with excessive TV viewing time (≥2 h/day) after adjusting for potential confounders. Compared with a reference group, older adults who perceived their neighborhoods to have unsafe traffic were more likely to report excessive TV viewing time (OR = 1.36, 95%CI = 1.02–1.82). Older adults who reported having two or more TV sets in the home (OR = 1.77, CI = 1.28–2.44) and having a TV in the bedroom (OR = 1.55, CI = 1.18–2.03) were also more likely to report excessive TV viewing time. Further longitudinal research can confirm these findings, and tailored interventions focusing on the perceptions of neighborhood traffic safety and TV access at home for older adults might be effective means of preventing excessive TV viewing time. View Full-Text
Keywords: sedentary behavior; built environment; traffic safety; household; sedentary equipment; elderly; Asia sedentary behavior; built environment; traffic safety; household; sedentary equipment; elderly; Asia
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Hsueh, M.-C.; Liao, Y.; Chang, S.-H. Perceived Neighborhood and Home Environmental Factors Associated with Television Viewing among Taiwanese Older Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 708.

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