ERIC Number: EJ967978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Getting a High-Speed Family Connection: Associations between Family Media Use and Family Connection
Padilla-Walker, Laura M.; Coyne, Sarah M.; Fraser, Ashley M.
Family Relations, v61 n3 p426-440 Jul 2012
The way families have used the media has substantially changed over the past decade. Within the framework of family systems theory, this paper examines the relations between family media use and family connection in a sample of 453 adolescents (mean age of child = 14.32 years, SD = 0.98, 52% female) and their parents. Results revealed that cell phone use and watching television or movies were the most common mediums used in families. Analyses also revealed that greater amounts of family cell phone use, coviewing of TV and movies, and coplaying of video games were associated with higher levels of family connection. Conversely, engagement over social networking sites was related to lower levels of family connection, at least from the adolescent's perspective. Implications for practitioners are discussed.
Descriptors: Video Games, Family (Sociological Unit), Systems Approach, Correlation, Family Relationship, Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship, Television Viewing, Films, Social Networks, Adolescent Attitudes, Telecommunications, Information Technology
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