This article examines television viewing patterns in very young children from Spanish-speaking and English-speaking Hispanic households. Television exposure by children has been linked to several negative health outcomes, including obesity and sleep and attention problems. Very little is known about television viewing by very young Hispanic children.
The authors used data from the 2000 National Survey of Early Childhood Health to conduct a cross-sectional analysis of 695 White mothers, 278 English-speaking Hispanic mothers, and 359 Spanish-speaking Hispanic mothers. Television viewing habits of children were analyzed by age group (4-11 months, 12-23 months, and 24-35 months), ethnicity and maternal language.
Television viewing habits of very young Hispanic children vary by age and maternal language. Efforts to alter viewing habits should take into account the heterogeneous nature of the Hispanic population in the United States.