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ERIC Number: EJ788391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3973
Infant and Mother-Infant Play and the Presence of the Television
Masur, Elise Frank; Flynn, Valerie
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v29 n1 p76-83 Jan-Feb 2008
Forty-eight middle-class mothers answered questionnaires about their 11-through 18-month-old infants' typical television watching and interest, the frequency and duration of their independent play with toys and dyadic play with and without toys, and whether the television was typically on or not on in the room at the time. Mothers reported that most infants had little interest in and spent little time actively watching television. However, mothers reported the television was typically turned on in the room at least half the time during independent play with toys for 44% of infants and during dyadic play with toys for 53% of infants. These findings provide evidence relevant to researchers' and practitioners' concerns regarding the potential negative impact of television's presence on infant development, mother-child interaction, and the ecological validity of observational research methods involving play or interactions in the absence of a television.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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