Award Date

December 2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Katherine M. Hertlein

Second Committee Member

Carissa D'Aniello

Third Committee Member

Brandon Eddy

Fourth Committee Member

Julian Kilker

Fifth Committee Member

Kathryn H. Korgan

Number of Pages

78

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Parents; Smartphones; Technology

Disciplines

Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling | Psychology | Systems and Communications

Language

English


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