Mentor: Dr. Sarah Domoff
The Influence of Life Stressors and Parents' and Children's Screen Time
This study focuses on the influence of life stressors and parents’ and children’s screen time. Life Stressors subscale from the Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents was used to assess stressors parents experienced in the past year. Parents reported on their own and their children’s daily screen time. The study had six parent-child dyads with children between 11-12 years. I hypothesized that parents with greater past-year life stressors would report higher levels of screen time. I also hypothesized that children of parents who are highly stressed would also have higher amounts of screen time. Results indicated that there was no significant association between past-year life stressors and screen time in children or parents. However, these results may be due to the small sample size.