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J Appl Dev Psychol. 2016 May-Jun;44:28-38. Epub 2016 Mar 14.

Parental perceptions of technology and technology-focused parenting: Associations with youth screen time.

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University of Vermont, United States.
Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States.


In the present study we propose a model linking parental perceptions of technology to technology-related parenting strategies to youth screen time, and, finally, to internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors. Participants were 615 parents drawn from three community samples of families with children across three developmental stages: young childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. The model was tested at each stage with the strongest support emerging in the young childhood sample. One component of parental perceptions of technology, perceived efficacy, was related to technology-related parenting strategies across developmental stages. However, the association of these strategies to child screen time and, in turn, problem behaviors, diminished as children increased in age. Implications for intervention are considered.


Parenting; Screen time; Technology

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