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Table 5 Comparison between autistic and non-autistic children in watching TV

From: Prevalence and risk factors of autism spectrum disorders in preschool children in Sharkia, Egypt: a community-based study

Variable Autistic
(n = 20)
Non autistic#
(n = 84)
χ2 P
No. % No. %
Age of beginning TV (in months)     
 Mean ± SD 18.1 ± 8.6 18.83 ± 6.7 MW
1.22
0.22
NS
 Range 8-36 8-36
Duration of TV watch     
 Mean ± SD 6.75 ± 2.83 2.55 ± 1.64 MW
4.82
< 0.001**
 Range 1-11 0.5-9
Attachment to TV       
 Weak 3 15 47 56   
 Intermediate 3 15 33 39.3   
 Strong 12 60 2 2.4 Fisher < 0.001**
 Very strong 2 10 2 2.4   
  1. #Non-autistic children included here were those of the high-risk group
  2. The degree of the attachment of the child to TV was assessed by the degree of irritability of the child when restrained from viewing TV detected by the caregiver
  3. **Statistically significant