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Parental knowledge of children’s screen time : the role of parent-child relationship and communication

  • 2020
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  • Communication Research. - 2020, vol. 49, no. 6, p. 792-815
English The ubiquity of media in children's lives makes it increasingly difficult for parents to keep track of their children's screen time, leading to considerable discrepancies in parent- and child-report. In the present study, we aimed to examine if and how these discrepancies can be explained by parent-child communication, in terms of children's self-disclosure, secrecy, and parental solicitation, and to what extend the quality of the parent-child relationship can influence these communication patterns. We tested two structural equation models to investigate the absolute discrepancy between parent and child estimates of children's screen time and parental underestimation, using dyadic data from 854 11-year-olds and their parents, in Switzerland. Our results showed that children's self-disclosure and secrecy behaviors were significantly associated with parental knowledge, where the relationship between selfdisclosure and parental knowledge of children's screen time was the stronger among the two. Moreover, a good parent-child relationship, especially parents' ability in perspective taking, was significantly related to increased self-disclosure and decreased secrecy behaviors by children.
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