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Excessive TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behaviour

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Research says that Watching more television in childhood was associated, in adulthood, with aggressive personality traits, an increased tendency to experience negative emotions, and an increased risk of antisocial personality disorder; a psychiatric disorder characterised by persistent patterns of aggressive and antisocial behaviour.

Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago study published online in the US journal Pediatrics.

The study followed a group of around 1000 children born in Dunedin in 1972-73. Every two years between the ages of 5 and 15, they were asked how much television they watched. Those who watched more television were more likely to have a criminal conviction and were also more likely to have antisocial personality traits in adulthood.

Study co-author Associate Professor Bob Hancox of the University’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine says he and colleagues found that the risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by about 30% with every hour that children spent watching TV on an average weeknight.

The study also found that watching more television in childhood was associated, in adulthood, with aggressive personality traits, an increased tendency to experience negative emotions, and an increased risk of antisocial personality disorder; a psychiatric disorder characterised by persistent patterns of aggressive and antisocial behaviour.

The researchers found that the relationship between TV viewing and antisocial behaviour was not explained by socio-economic status, aggressive or antisocial behaviour in early childhood, or parenting factors.

A study co-author, Lindsay Robertson, says it is not that children who were already antisocial watched more television. “Rather, children who watched a lot of television were likely to go on to manifest antisocial behaviour and personality traits.”

Other studies have suggested a link between television viewing and antisocial behaviour, though very few have been able to demonstrate a cause-and-effect sequence. This is the first ‘real-life’ study that has asked about TV viewing throughout the whole childhood period, and has looked at a range of antisocial outcomes in adulthood. As an observational study, it cannot prove that watching too much television caused the antisocial outcomes, but the findings are consistent with most of the research and provides further evidence that excessive television can have long-term consequences for behaviour.

“Antisocial behaviour is a major problem for society. While we’re not saying that television causes all antisocial behaviour, our findings do suggest that reducing TV viewing could go some way towards reducing rates of antisocial behaviour in society,” says Associate Professor Hancox.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should watch no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality television programming each day. The researchers say their findings support the idea that parents should try to limit their children’s television use.

This research emerges from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. The Study is run by the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit, which is supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

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Video: Police Official in Kangra Thrashed by Local Women

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Kangra-Following the alleged murder of a 35-year-old man in Tippri panchayat under Dadasiba police chowki in Kangra district on Thursday, villagers staged a protest with the dead body at the Dadasiba market on Friday. They expressed dissatisfaction over the working of local police.

A mob of villagers, mostly women thrashed the incharge of a police post (ASI) and tore his uniform. Along with a couple of other policemen, the ASI was trying to pacify the villagers who were heading to gherao the police post. A couple of videos of the incident are going viral on social media. In the video, some men can be heard provoking women to beat the ASI.

According to the initial information received, the locals including the parents of the deceased alleged that the local police was trying to present the alleged murder as a suicide. In another video clip, a child (reportedly the son of the deceased), who was said to be about 7-year-old, can be heard saying that he saw his mother beating his father to death along with another man. A Hindi daily and some other portals had uploaded a video of this minor without concealing the face/identity. The police is yet to verify the validity of the video. Himachal Watcher decided not to upload the this video of the minor. 

In the video clip, a man is asking the child in the local dialect to tell about what he saw. The child can be heard saying that his father was beaten with a washing paddle by his mother and a man. The child identified the man and referred to him by his name. The child confirmed that he saw it with his own eyes. The child also said that his mother had told him to not speak of this to anyone.

After the situation became tense, the DSP Dehra and ASP Kangra reached the spot with a police force and pacified the angry villagers. They assured the parents of appropriate action and investigation in the case.

Regarding the thrashing of police official and allegations labelled against him, Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said that an inquiry would be conducted in the matter.

He said that if the post-mortem report suggested a murder, then action would be taken against responsible persons accordingly.

SP, Kangra, Vimukt Ranjan said a case has been filed under Section 302 of the IPC. On the complaint of the police official who was thrashed, a case was filed against villagers under Sections 353, 332 and 382 of the IPC.

Another case was registered against the villagers for violating Section 144.

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Himachal’s COVID-19 Tally Crosses 1000 Mark With 35 New Cases Including 28 ITBP Jawans

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Kinnaur– Himachal Pradesh did not see any let-up in COVID-19 surge yesterday too and crossed the 1000 mark with the appearance of 35 new cases. Now, Himachal’s COVID-19 tally has reached 1014, of which 359 are active, 632 have cured, and eight have died. About 13 patients have migrated outside the State.

The new cases were reported from Kinnaur (17), Shimla (6), Hamirpur (3), Una (3), Kangra (2), Sirmaur (1), Mandi (1), Bilaspur (1), and Lahaul-Spiti (1).

On Thursday, seventeen jawans of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) tested positive in Kinnaur district, while six others were found infected in Rampur, Shimla district. Five more were found positive late last night, details regarding whom are awaited. 

After remaining unaffected till June 3, 2020, the tally for Kinnaur reached 30, of which 27 are active cases. According to the HP Health Department’s daily COVID-19 Bulletin released on June 2 (9:00 PM), the State reported a total of 35 new cases on Thursday.

The 17 ITBP personnel who tested positive were among those arrived at Reckong Peo in Kinnaur on June 24 from the Rajouri region of Jammu and Kashmir. They were moved to Kinnaur to be deployed at the border with China in Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts.

The ITBP campus was sealed following the appearance of cases and restriction were imposed on the movement of all jawans who have arrived or about to arrive in the State.

As of now, Kangra (280) has reported the highest cases, followed by Hamirpur (253) in the second place. After these two districts, Una (113) and Solan (110) have reported over 100 cases.

According to the statistics provided by the State Health Department, a total of 85553 persons have been tested in the State so far. Yesterday, a total of 2048 persons were tested.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for June July 2 (Till 9:00 PM)

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 COVID-19 Cases: Himachal Fast Heading Towards 1000 Mark

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Shimla-The number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh is fast heading towards the 1000 mark. According to the State Health Department’s daily Bulletin (9:00 PM), till July 1, 20202, the total for the State had risen to 979 with the appearance of 26 new cases in various districts. So far, eight people have lost their lives in the State due to the pandemic.

These cases were reported in Kangra (6), Hamirpur (5), Kinnaur (5), Mandi (2), Una (2), Bilaspur (2) Lahaul-Spiti (1), Shimal (1), Sirmaur (1), Solan (1).

In Kinnaur, five jawans of ITBP, who had a travel history from Jammu & Kashmir, were found to be infected. The tally for Kinnaur rose to 13 with 10 active cases.

Lahaul-Spiti that remained unaffected during all phases of lockdown, had reported its first two cases a couple of days ago. The patients were reportedly migrant labourers. Yesterday, the district reported another case, taking the total to three.

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The eight deaths have been reported from Kangra (2), Hamirpur (2), Mandi (2), and Shimla (2). Of the all deceased, five were patients of chronic kidney-related disease.

Among yesterday’s case, an 85-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in Una district is most concerning due to a high mortality rate among elderly persons.

So far, Kangra (278) has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Hamirpur (250) in the second place. Solan (110) and Una (110) have crossed the 100 mark.

Of the total 979 patients, 617 have been cured. According to the Health Department, a total of 81516 persons have been tested in the State so far and 19046 are under active surveillance. Yesterday, a total of 2027 persons were tested for COVID-19. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for July 1 (Till 9:00 PM)

Himachal PRadesh Health Department daily covid-19 cases update

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