Screen-based activities and physical complaints among adolescents from the Nordic countries

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Show simple item record Torsheim, Torbjørn Eriksson, Lilly Schnohr, Christina Hansen, Fredrik Bjarnason, Thoroddur Välimaa, Raili 2011-05-04T09:29:14Z 2011-05-04T09:29:14Z 2010
dc.identifier.citation Torsheim T, Eriksson L, Schnohr CW, Hansen F, Bjarnason T, Välimaa R. (2010). Screen-based activities and physical complaints among adolescents from the Nordic countries. BMC Public Health 2010, 10:324.
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2458
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: A positive association between time spent on sedentary screen-based activities and physical complaints has been reported, but the cumulative association between different types of screen-based activities and physical complaints has not been examined thoroughly. METHODS: The cross-sectional association between screen-based activity and physical complaints (backache and headache) among students was examined in a sample of 31022 adolescents from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Greenland, as part of the Health behaviour in school-aged children 2005/06 (HBSC) study. Daily hours spent on screen-based activities and levels of physical complaints were assessed using self-reports. RESULTS: Logistic regression analysis indicated that computer use, computer gaming and TV viewing contributed uniquely to prediction of weekly backache and headache. The magnitude of associations was consistent across types of screen based activities, and across gender. CONCLUSION: The observed associations indicate that time spent on screen-based activity is a contributing factor to physical complaints among young people, and that effects accumulate across different types of screen-based activities. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Public Health
dc.rights © 2010 Torsheim et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
dc.rights openAccess fi
dc.subject.other ruutuaika
dc.subject.other oireet
dc.subject.other nuoret
dc.subject.other screen-based activities
dc.subject.other self-rated complaints
dc.subject.other adolescents
dc.subject.other fyysinen kunto
dc.title Screen-based activities and physical complaints among adolescents from the Nordic countries
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011050410730
dc.subject.kota 314
dc.contributor.laitos Terveystieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Health Sciences en
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