Australian Bureau of Statistics
4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/07/2013
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HOUSEHOLD RULES AND SCREEN-BASED EQUIPMENT
Portable items used in the bedroom, even if not located there all of the time, were to be included in screen-based items in the bedroom. The screen-based items collected were:
Other screen-based items, such as phones, were not collected.
A 'Not applicable' category was included in the home environment questions for situations where there was no access to the equipment - for example, the television is always off during meal times because there is either no television in the household or no television in the room where meals are eaten.
The data items and related output categories for this topic are available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following:
Comparability with other surveys
The specific questions comprising this topic have not previously been collected in an ABS survey.
Several surveys, both within Australia and internationally, have collected similar data on household rules and access to screen-based equipment. For example, similar questions have been collected in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. These include whether the child has a television in their bedroom, whether the TV is usually on during meals, and whether there are rules in place for TV, internet, and electronic games usage, such as the type of content, and the amount of time allowed. However, while the concepts collected in other surveys may be similar, the questions asked are not directly comparable and therefore any data comparisons with the AHS should be done with caution.
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