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