Studies on factors that can influence attention in healthy adolescents are recent and focus on recurrent topics. Students’ contribution to public health research often revolves around collecting data but rarely around creating data collection instruments. The ATENC!Ó project reunited secondary students and scientists to create a questionnaire including factors that students thought could affect their attention. We conducted a cross‐sectional study to assess whether the factors included in this questionnaire had an effect on attention in adolescents. A total of 1667 students (13–16 years old) from 28 schools in Barcelona performed a validated attention test and answered the questionnaire. The response speed consistency (attentiveness), expressed as hit reaction time standard error (HRT‐SE, in ms), was used as the primary outcome. Analyses were conducted using conditional linear regression with school as strata, adjusted for sociodemographic characteristics and further stratified by gender and maternal social class. Some factors showed a negative influence on attention, including taking medication and not reading regularly. We found a significant 14.3% (95% confidence interval: 3.4%, 25.3%) higher median of HRT‐SE (increase inattentiveness) among students who reported not having a good relationship with classmates. Students’ input into research is relevant for advancing the knowledge production in public health.
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Aug 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The research leading to these results has received funding from ?la Caixa? Foundation (ID 100010434) under the program RecerCaixa (2017 ACUP 00274). We acknowledge support from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities through the ?Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa 2019?2023? Program (CEX2018?000806?S), and support from the Generalitat de Catalunya through the CERCA Program. Jordi Julvez holds the Miguel Servet?II contract (CPII19/00015) awarded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (co?funded by the European Social Fund ?Investing in your future?). This study was also funded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III through the project ?PI16/00261? (Co?funded by European Regional Development Fund ?A way to make Europe?).We would like to thank all the professors and students for their time and collaboration in this project. We are grateful to all the following schools: Col.legi Kostka, Col.legi Padre Dami?n, Col.legi Sagrada Fam?lia?Horta, Col.legi Sant?ssima Trinitat, Escola Joan Pelegr?, Escola L?Horitz?, Escola Virolai, IES Leonardo da Vinci, IES Montserrat Roig, Institut Barri Bes?s, Institut Celest? Bellera, Institut de Cornell?, Institut de la Roca del Vall?s, Institut Doctor Puigvert, Institut Hip?tia d?Alexandria, Institut Ic?ria. Institut Isaac Alb?niz, Institut Jaume Balmes, Institut Joan Brossa, Institut Juan Manuel Zafra, Institut La Ribera, Institut Les Corts, Institut Marta Estrada, Institut Matadepera, Institut Mois?s Broggi, Institut Narc?s Monturiol, Institut Pau Claris, Institut Puig Castellar, Institut Sabadell, Institut Secretari Coloma, Institut Valldemossa, Institut Verdaguer, Vedruna Gr?cia. Our thanks also go to our colleagues participating in the fieldwork: Guillermo Rodriguez Gomez, Marta Ensesa Pomarola, Marta Torrens Tomey, Cristina Garcia?Narcu? Moreno and N?ria Pey. We further thank Humberto LLavado and Jose Apesteguia for their contribution to the funding acquisition and provision of the study resources (Qualtrics license).
Funding: The research leading to these results has received funding from “la Caixa” Foundation (ID 100010434) under the program RecerCaixa (2017 ACUP 00274). We acknowledge support from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities through the “Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa 2019–2023” Program (CEX2018‐000806‐S), and support from the Generalitat de Catalunya through the CERCA Program. Jordi Julvez holds the Miguel Servet‐II contract (CPII19/00015) awarded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (co‐funded by the European Social Fund “Investing in your future”). This study was also funded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III through the project “PI16/00261” (Co‐funded by European Regional Development Fund “A way to make Europe”).
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