Supervising children during parental distractions.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, MLC 3015, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039, USA.
Journal of Pediatric Psychology (Impact Factor: 2.91). 04/2008; 33(8):833-41. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsn021
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT To examine the effects of parenting distractions on supervising behaviors in relation to child risky behaviors.
Forty preschool-aged children and their parents were randomly assigned to occupy a simulated home living room for 45 min with the parent involved in either (a) no planned distraction, (b) a telephone call distraction, (c) a TV show distraction, or (d) a computer assignment distraction. Parent and child behaviors were recorded and coded.
Parent supervising behaviors were significantly intercorrelated but revealed no relation to risky child behavior. Children showed higher risky behavior during parental distractions and steadily over time when parent distractions occurred. Additionally, younger children were more likely to engage in risky behavior when compared to older children.
Parents showed significant reductions in their ability to supervise children during distractions, limiting the ability to provide education or to take immediate action necessary to prevent or minimize possible injuries.


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