Campus Units

Kinesiology

Document Type

Letter to the Editor

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

10-2020

Journal or Book Title

Psychiatry Research

Volume

292

First Page

113333

DOI

10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113333

Abstract

Dear editor,

COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020. To prevent transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on 23rd March 2020 the UK government issued guidance that all citizens should stay at home, and only leave their house for essential medical care, shopping for food and medicine and for one period of exercise (National Health Service, 2020). The impact of following the guidance on health-related behaviours is largely unknown. With people spending large periods of time indoors, screen time (e.g. watching TV, using computers, tablets etc) is likely to increase. Excessive screen time use has been shown to be associated with a range of negative mental health outcomes (Allen et al., 2019; Huang et al., 2020; Teychenne et al., 2015).

Therefore, we aimed to investigate levels and correlates of screen time during COVID-19 self-isolation in a sample of the UK public, and its association with mental health.

Comments

This article is published as Lee Smith, Louis Jacob, Mike Trott, Anita Yakkundi, Laurie Butler, Yvonne Barnett, Nicola C Armstrong, Daragh McDermott, Felipe Schuch, Jacob Meyer, Rubén López-Bueno, Guillermo F. López Sánchez, Declan Bradley, Mark A Tully, The association between screen time and mental health during COVID-19: A cross sectional study, Psychiatry Research, 2020, Volume 292; 113333. Doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113333.

Copyright Owner

The Author(s)

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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