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Cell Phone Can Improve Connection with Children

Cell Phone Can Improve Connection with Children A new study suggests cell phone communication between a parent and their teenager can affect the quality of their relationship.

Researchers believe the details of the conversation, the purpose and tone of the conversation and who initiated the call are important factors for improving the parent-child bond.

The study is reported online in the peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Study author Robert Weisskirch, M.S.W., Ph.D., notes that parents can use a cell phone to extend their parenting reach in a non-invasive manner. For example, parents can monitor an adolescent’s whereabouts and activities, track their schoolwork, offer support, voice disapproval or criticism, or discipline their teen.

Similarly, adolescents may use their cell phones to communicate positive or negative feelings or information with their parents.

In the current study, Weisskirch expands on how the frequency, nature, and content of parent-adolescent cell phone calls relate to the quality of the parent-child relationship.

In the review, concepts such as self-esteem, perceptions of family conflict, and family dynamics — including closeness and support –are reviewed in the context of a cellular connection.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert

Cell Phone Can Improve Connection with Children

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Cell Phone Can Improve Connection with Children. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, from
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