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Reducing television, videotape, and video game use in children decreased peer rated aggressive behaviour

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QUESTION: In children, does reducing television (TV), videotape (VT), and video game (VG) use decrease aggressive behaviour?

Design

8 month cluster randomised (unclear allocation concealment*), blinded (outcome assessors)*, controlled trial with follow up at post-test.

Setting

2 public elementary schools in San Jose, California, USA.

Participants

225 third and fourth grade children (mean age 8.9 y) from 2 schools in a single school district that were sociodemographically and scholastically matched.

Intervention

One school was allocated to implement a programme to reduce TV, VT, and VG use and 1 school was allocated to be an assessments only control school. The intervention consisted of eighteen …

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