By Samir Vermani, M.D.:
Young adults who spent more time in front of a TV during their childhood are significantly more likely to be arrested and exhibit aggressive behavior, a new study found.
But another study found some TV programming can actually improve kids' behavior.
Researchers followed more than 1,000 young people in New Zealand from birth to age 26 and monitored the amount of television they watched during the ages of 5 and 15. In addition to monitoring television habits, the researchers also monitored criminal convictions, diagnoses of antisocial personality disorder, and personality traits of the individuals.
"This is one of the largest and best studies to date to look at long term outcomes from exposure to television," said Dr. Christakis, director of Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute, who was not involved with the study.
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