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Digital devices use: impact on toddlers’ emotional competences and attachment.


Presentation Digital devices and toddlers' socio-emotional development November 2022 Conference: 8th international congress of clinical and health psychology in children and adolescents Authors: Sophie Arnaudeau Université de Lille Lefèvre Nadège Claire Hofer Université de Lille Marie Danet University of Lille Nord de France Request Full-text Paper PDF To read the file of this research, you can request a copy directly from the authors. Download citation Abstract “Technoference” refers to the phenomenon of the intrusion of digital technology into interpersonal interactions. These brief interruptions can be observed in parent-child relationships. However, many studies have highlighted the contribution of coordinated interactions between parents and infants in supporting children's development, including attachment formation and emotion regulation. Recent research reports several concerns about the effects of parental technoference on children's social-emotional development. Nevertheless, these studies focus on school-age children and use only quantitative measures. Moreover, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the factors that promote the presence of parental technoference. The aim of the present study is to examine the links between technoference on the part of parents, their level of stress, anxiety and depression, and the representation they have of their child. It also examines the links between technoference and the toddler’s socio-emotional behaviour. The sample was made up of 66 French parents (9 males; 57 females) of children aged 1 to 3 years (35 males; 31 females). Parents responded to questionnaires about technoference, their stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms, and their child’s socio-emotional behaviour. We also conducted an interview on the representation of their child, and the child's attachment behaviour was assessed using a Q-sort. The main findings show that the more the parent manifests symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression, the more technoference is present in the parent-child relationship. Less acceptance of the parent in their representation of their child is also linked to greater technoference. The presence of parental technoference is associated with problems in the child's social-emotional behaviour. Finally, the more technoference is present, the less secure the child's attachment behaviour is. It emerges that a longitudinal study of children's pre-school period will be essential to better understand the vulnerability and protective factors of technoference.
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Marie Danet, Claire Hofer, Jenny Radesky, Marie Stievenart. Digital devices use: impact on toddlers’ emotional competences and attachment.. 16e congrès international de la WAIMH (World Association for Infant Mental Health), May 2018, Rome, Italy. ⟨hal-04257941⟩


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