Screen Time in Children 2 months - 6 Years Old and Depression in Mothers at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital

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Variya Chatdang
Napakkawat Buathong
Jirada Prasartpornsirichoke
Sasithorn Preechawuttidech



Objectives:  1.To study each type of screen time in 2 month – 6-year-old children 2.To examine the relationship between maternal depression and screen time in 2 month – 6-year-old children 3.To examine other factors related to screen time in 2 month – 6-year-old children

Methodology: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study in mothers who brought their child (2 month-6-year-old) in for vaccination at the well-baby clinic of Chulalongkorn hospital (n=423). The data was collected by questionnaires during 12 May-10 December 2020 including; demographic data of mothers and their children, Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), Family Relationship and Functioning Questionnaire, and Screen time in children and screen-related parenting practices questionnaire.

Results: The average screen time in children was 2.81±3.5 hours/day on weekdays and 3.93±4.8 hours/day on weekends. Most children (78%) had more screen time than is recommended. Television is the type of screen that has the highest screen time in children. On analysis of the relationship between children’s screen time and maternal depression, we found that severe maternal depression was associated with significantly longer children’s screen time on weekends. The study found that factors related to screen time was mother’s BMI, education level of children, children’s academic extracurricular classes, screen time-related parenting practice, children’s exercise and mother’s screen time.

Conclusions: This study found that severe maternal depression was associated with significantly longer children’s screen time. This reflects a direct consequence of maternal depression on child-rearing practices, namely allowing more screen time for children, which will indirectly impact children’s future development. Therefore, a child’s screen time should be monitored if the mother develops depression, to promote better mental and physical health of both mother and child.


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Chatdang, V., Buathong ณ., Prasartpornsirichoke จ., & Preechawuttidech ศ. (2021). Screen Time in Children 2 months - 6 Years Old and Depression in Mothers at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, 66(3), 289–308. Retrieved from
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