Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name



Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Mentor

Kimberly Zlomke


Lisa Turner, Terranece Ravine


Child screen time has increased tremendously in the past several years because of new technological advances. This is a great resource for some individuals on a limited basis. However, many children are being taught to regulate their emotions through media use. The initial aim of this study was to attempt to find a correlation between parent reported screen time and problematic media use. It was hypothesized that higher reported screen time would be significantly related to greater problematic media use and that higher reported screen time and problematic media use would be related to a greater negative reaction in screen time interruption.

Parents completed an online survey consisting of questions about their child’s screen time usage. Parents and their children then completed an in-person experiment. The study analysis was conducted through SPSS and made use of the Pearson’s correlation using a significance value of p < .05. Upon analysis, it was found that problematic media use was significantly positively correlated to the parent reported screen time amount (r = 0.391, p = .043). However, there was no relation between parent reported screen time and a child’s emotional reaction to the device suddenly turning off.


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