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Rules? Role Model? Relationship? The Impact of Parents on Their Children’s Problematic Mobile Phone Involvement

Published on Jan 2, 2019in Media Psychology2.736
· DOI :10.1080/15213269.2018.1433544
Dorothée Hefner5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Hanover College),
Karin Knop3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UMA: University of Mannheim)
+ 1 AuthorsPeter Vorderer32
Estimated H-index: 32
(UMA: University of Mannheim)
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ABSTRACTParents can influence their children’s problematic mobile phone involvement (PMPI) by engaging in parental mediation activities, such as restrictions or co-use, by being a role model, and by their general and domain-unspecific parenting style that facilitates more or less attachment security of the child. This study tested the associations between these different routes of influence—parental mediation of the mobile phone, parental PMPI, and secure child-parent attachment—with children’s PMPI. Data was acquired from a quota-sample survey with 500 children, between 8 and 14 years of age, and one of their parents. Results point to the importance of open and empathic parent-child-communication, as well as a positive relationship quality, and demonstrate the detrimental effects of parents’ own PMPI on children’s PMPI.
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