Support for this study was provided under NICHD Grants R21-HD-050125 and R24-HD041041.
Home Media and Children’s Achievement and Behavior
Article first published online: 14 SEP 2010
© 2010 The Author. Child Development © 2010 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 81, Issue 5, pages 1598–1619, September/October 2010
How to Cite
Hofferth, S. L. (2010), Home Media and Children’s Achievement and Behavior. Child Development, 81: 1598–1619. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01494.x
- Issue published online: 14 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 14 SEP 2010
This study provides a national picture of the time American 6- to 12-year-olds spent playing video games, using the computer, and watching TV at home in 1997 and 2003, and the association of early use with their achievement and behavior as adolescents. Girls benefited from computer use more than boys, and Black children benefited more than White children. Greater computer use in middle childhood was associated with increased achievement for White and Black girls, and for Black but not White boys. Increased video game play was associated with an improved ability to solve applied problems for Black girls but lower verbal achievement for all girls. For boys, increased video game play was linked to increased aggressive behavior problems.