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Sedentary Behavior among 6–14-Year-Old Children during the COVID-19 Lockdown and Its Relation to Physical and Mental Health

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Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University, 01513 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Clinic of Children’s Diseases, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, 01513 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Academic Editors: Daniela Pierannunzio, Silvia Ciardullo and Paola Nardone
Healthcare 2021, 9(6), 756; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9060756
Received: 17 May 2021 / Revised: 11 June 2021 / Accepted: 14 June 2021 / Published: 18 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child and Adolescent Health: Challenges and Perspectives)
As a result of the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and consequent restrictions in spring 2020, children in many countries might be engaged in more sedentary behavior and have limited possibilities to access the necessary level of physical activity to maintain their physical and mental health. The aim of this study was to explore the relationships between child sedentary behavior, physical activity, mental and physical health, and parental distress in a sample of Lithuanian children aged 6–14 years during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in March–June 2020. Parents of 306 children (52.9% female) completed an online survey in May–June 2020 and reported on their children’s screen time for educational and recreational (leisure) purposes, the level of physical activity and time outdoors, somatic symptoms, and emotional well-being and behavior. Parents also reported on stressful life events in the family and personal distress. The results revealed that 57.5% of children exceeded the recommended maximum of 2 h of recreational screen time per day, and 33.6% of the children did not meet the recommended guidelines of 60 min of physical activity per day. Longer screen time for educational purposes and parental distress significantly predicted a higher prevalence of somatic symptoms in children and parental distress also served as a significant predictor of children’s decreased emotional well-being and behavior. These results highlight the importance of psychosocial support interventions for parents who experience distress when raising children at a stressful time, such as during a pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: sedentary behavior; physical activity; screen time; COVID-19 sedentary behavior; physical activity; screen time; COVID-19
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Breidokienė, R.; Jusienė, R.; Urbonas, V.; Praninskienė, R.; Girdzijauskienė, S. Sedentary Behavior among 6–14-Year-Old Children during the COVID-19 Lockdown and Its Relation to Physical and Mental Health. Healthcare 2021, 9, 756. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9060756

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Breidokienė R, Jusienė R, Urbonas V, Praninskienė R, Girdzijauskienė S. Sedentary Behavior among 6–14-Year-Old Children during the COVID-19 Lockdown and Its Relation to Physical and Mental Health. Healthcare. 2021; 9(6):756. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9060756

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Breidokienė, Rima, Roma Jusienė, Vaidotas Urbonas, Rūta Praninskienė, and Sigita Girdzijauskienė. 2021. "Sedentary Behavior among 6–14-Year-Old Children during the COVID-19 Lockdown and Its Relation to Physical and Mental Health" Healthcare 9, no. 6: 756. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9060756

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