Effects of reducing television, videotape, and video game use on children's health and behavior

The Foundation's Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program was designed to strengthen the presence of generalist physician faculty in the nation's medical schools through career development awards to outstanding junior faculty in medical school departments/divisions of family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics. Two pilot studies have been completed that demonstrate the feasibility of significantly reducing children's television, videotape, and video game use and the effects of reducing media use on body fatness. This grant will use data collected during the second pilot study, a controlled, school-based trial of reducing television, videotape, and video game use in third and fourth grade students. The hypothesis is that compared to controls, third and fourth grade children exposed to a school-based intervention to reduce time spent watching television and videotapes and playing video games will significantly: (1) decrease their levels of aggressive behavior, as measured by peer, parent, and observational measures of aggression; (2) decrease their perceptions of the world as mean and scary; and (3) increase their performance on standardized academic achievement tests of reading, math, language, and listening.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $240,000.00

Awarded on: 5/25/1999

Time frame: 7/1/1999 - 6/30/2004

Grant Number: 36799


Stanford University School of Medicine

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Stanford, 94305-5119


Thomas N. Robinson
Project Director