Maternal beliefs about television and parental mediation in a low income United States sample_2017.pdf

<div>ABSTRACT</div><div>Low-income children are at greater risk for excess screen time and</div><div>negative correlates associated with screen media use. The goal of this</div><div>study is to increase our understanding of low-income mothers’ beliefs</div><div>and practices around their children’s television (TV) use (parental</div><div>mediation). We administered semi-structured interviews to 296 lowincome</div><div>mothers of children ages four–eight years old in the United</div><div>States. Five themes emerged from the qualitative analysis: (1) mothers</div><div>are confident in restriction of TV content; (2) time limits are not as</div><div>important as TV content and are only necessary in extreme situations;</div><div>(3) mothers make meaning of child learning from TV content; (4)</div><div>mothers identified individual differences in child TV overuse; and (5)</div><div>mothers’ policy on TV during mealtime depends on how they believe</div><div>TV to affect child mealtime behaviors and mothers’ mealtime goals.</div><div>We discuss the implications of these themes for promoting parental</div><div>mediation in low-income families.</div>