Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
Katherine M. Hertlein
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Kathryn H. Korgan
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The present study is a qualitative examination aiming to gain insight into parents’ perceptions of their smartphone use and the effects it may be having on their children as well as parenting practices. Participants (N=12) were smartphone using parents that consisted mostly of young college-educated females. Thematic analysis of individual interviews resulted in five primary themes: (1) Disengagement, (2) Concern for Future, (3) Change in Social Norms, (4) Boundaries, and (5) Cognitive Dissonance. These findings indicate significant effects parental smartphone use is having in the lives of study participants. These thematic findings call for additional research examining the impact parental and adult smartphone use is having in all aspects of the family including the parental subsystem of the family system.
Parents; Smartphones; Technology
Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling | Psychology | Systems and Communications
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Johnson, David Jackson, "Parents' Perceptions of Smartphone Use and Parenting Practices" (2017). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3141.
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