Emotions, Strategies, and Health: Examining the Impact of an Educational Program on Tanzanian Preschool Children

dc.contributor.authorKauffman, Lauren E.
dc.contributor.authorDura, Elizabeth A.
dc.contributor.authorBorzekowski, Dina L. G.
dc.date.accessioned2023-10-25T16:16:05Z
dc.date.available2023-10-25T16:16:05Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-12
dc.description.abstractAround the world, well-produced television programming can engage vulnerable, hard-to-reach audiences by offering informal education and enrichment. Akili and Me is an animated children’s educational program available in Sub-Saharan Africa that provides age and culturally appropriate lessons. In 2018, the producers created socio-emotional and health content. This study examines the relationship between children’s exposure to the new Akili and Me content and socio-emotional and health outcomes. Participants included low-income school children (mean age 5.32 years, SD = 0.82) from Arusha, Tanzania. Researchers conducted one-on-one baseline and post-intervention surveys with each participant. Over 12 weeks, the children attended afterschool sessions with screenings of Akili and Me, with distinct content screened on different days. The research team recorded children’s attendance and assessed children’s receptivity to the program through character identification. Using MLM regression models with data from 411 participants from 10 public schools, the analyses showed that a greater exposure and receptivity to Akili and Me predicted improved outcomes scores on the socio-emotional and health outcomes, controlling for sex, age, baseline scores, and general media receptivity (non-Akili and Me characters). Contributing to the literature on educational media, this study shows that exposure to an animated program can teach vulnerable preschool children socio-emotional and health content.
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105884
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/dspace/ns7w-qrdg
dc.identifier.citationKauffman, L.E.; Dura, E.A.; Borzekowski, D.L.G. Emotions, Strategies, and Health: Examining the Impact of an Educational Program on Tanzanian Preschool Children. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 5884.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/31113
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.relation.isAvailableAtEpidemiology & Biostatistics
dc.relation.isAvailableAtSchool of Public Health
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM)
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)
dc.subjectmedia
dc.subjectchildren
dc.subjectsocio-emotional development
dc.subjectfood preferences
dc.subjectreceptivity
dc.subjecttelevision
dc.subjectvideo
dc.subjectTanzania
dc.titleEmotions, Strategies, and Health: Examining the Impact of an Educational Program on Tanzanian Preschool Children
dc.typeArticle
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