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[2017, 11-2] The Effect of Mothers’ Negative Parenting Attitudes on Infants’ and Toddlers’ Playfulness: With a Focus on Infants’ and Toddlers’ Overindulgence in Smart Devices 이미지

[2017, 11-2] The Effect of Mothers’ Negative Parenting Attitudes on Infants’ and Toddlers’ Playfulness: With a Focus on Infants’ and Toddlers’ Overindulgence in Smart Devices

  • chief of researchYea-Ji Hong
  • researchersYoung-ah Park, Subin Ahn, Soon-Hyung Yi and Kangyi Lee
  • pages0pages
  • Report No.
  • Reg No.
  • ISBNISSN 1976-6793
  • Date2017.09.30

Abstract



The purpose of this study was to examine the mediating effect of infants’ and toddlers’ overindulgence in smart devices in the relationship between mothers’ negative parenting attitudes and infants’ and toddlers’ playfulness. Data were collected from 278 mothers and 88 teachers of children aged below 36 months from child care centers in Daejoen and Seoul, Korea. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, Cronbach alpha, correlation, and the hypothesized model was verified using structural equation modeling analysis. The results were as follows. First, mothers’ negative parenting attitudes were positively related to young children’s overindulgence in smart devices, but negatively associated with their playfulness. Second, the research model was selected as a final model which implied that mothers’ negative parenting had an indirect effect on infants’ and toddlers’ playfulness. Lastly, infants’ and toddlers’ overindulgence in smart devices had a significant mediating effect in the relationship between mothers’ negative parenting attitudes and young children’s playfulness. Based on the results of this study, it can be implied that is necessary to protect young children from negative media effects with the help of mothers’ positive parenting attitudes, and by promoting developmentally appropriate media environments for infants and toddlers.



Key words: negative parenting attitudes, infants and toddlers, overindulgence in smart devices, playfulness