In a recent paper published in Preventive Medicine, Gunnell and colleagues (including Dr. Annick Buchholz – Team ABC3 team member) looked at how screen use (computers, TV, and video games) was related to adolescents’ symptoms of depression and anxiety over time.
Using data collected from adolescents involved in the Research on Eating and Adolescent Lifestyles (REAL) study, they concluded that treatment to reduce symptoms of depression in adolescents around the age of 13 may be beneficial to curb the rapid decrease in physical activity as adolescents’ age.
They also suggested that strategies to reduce screen time in adolescents are needed because at age 13, higher screen time was concurrently related to higher symptoms of depression and symptoms of anxiety, regardless of the amount of physical activity adolescents were getting.
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