ERIC Number: EJ855327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
The Impact of Background Television on Parent-Child Interaction
Kirkorian, Heather L.; Pempek, Tiffany A.; Murphy, Lauren A.; Schmidt, Marie E.; Anderson, Daniel R.
Child Development, v80 n5 p1350-1359 Sep-Oct 2009
This study investigated the hypothesis that background television affects interactions between parents and very young children. Fifty-one 12-, 24-, and 36-month-old children, each accompanied by 1 parent, were observed for 1 hr of free play in a laboratory space resembling a family room. For half of the hour, an adult-directed television program played in the background on a monaural television set. During the other half hour, the television was not on. Both the quantity and quality of parent-child interaction decreased in the presence of background television. These findings suggest one way in which early, chronic exposure to television may have a negative impact on development.
Descriptors: Television Viewing, Play, Observation, Parent Child Relationship, Television, Toddlers, Infants, Child Development, Research Methodology, Hypothesis Testing
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