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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2022

09-02-2022 | Original Paper

Media use and Coping in Tweens during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Auteurs: Nancy A. Jennings, Allison G. Caplovitz

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 6/2022

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Abstract

Public and scholarly debate about the effects of media on youth has been a topic of concern since the twentieth century. These concerns were further amplified and accelerated with heavy use of and reliance on media for everyday living and learning with the homebound conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the public discourse about children’s media use and school safety concerns, we conducted online interviews of 36 young people ages 9–14 years to learn about (1) their life situations, including school experience, (2) their overall media use, (3) their overall worries and difficulty with their situations, and (4) their stress management and coping strategies during the fall semester of 2020. While tweens reported using media more during the pandemic than before, media did not seem to completely displace other activities. Tweens engaged in media, non-media, and hybrid coping strategies to relieve stress, enhance their mood, and stay connected to others outside their home. This qualitative study was a first step in understanding the effect of COVID-19 on tweens within the context of their coping and resiliency building, and how media factor into these processes.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Media use and Coping in Tweens during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Auteurs
Nancy A. Jennings
Allison G. Caplovitz
Publicatiedatum
09-02-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 6/2022
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02252-x