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Parental Mobile Media use for Stress Management

Junior Research groupSocial Media
FundingIWM budget resources
Project description

Mobile media have become part of the everyday lifes of families and are used in various ways. However, current research still focuses relatively little on the use of media by parents. The aim of this dissertation project is to investigate how parents use mobile media such as smartphones to cope with stress and under which circumstances stress management with mobile media is successful.

The dissertation project is divided into three subprojects. In an elaborate systematic review of the literature, the state of research on stress management with media in general is systematically reviewed. The research landscape on this topic is interdisciplinary and very heterogeneous. For this reason, particular attention is paid to the theoretical approaches used in the various disciplines and to how these can be integrated.
In the second subproject, parents are interviewed in focus groups about their stress management with mobile media. Particular attention will be paid to how the special conditions in the everyday life with children shapes the use of mobile media and how parents perceive and evaluate their own use in stressful situations. Mothers in Tübingen as well as patients in a parent-child cure clinic are interviewed to include a diverse sample of participants.
In the third subproject, an experience sampling study will be carried out. Several times a day, parents will answer short questionnaires on their current stress perception, stress management and media usage. The aim is to investigate the situations in which parents use mobile media, which content is used and the conditions of use for successful stress management.


Dr. Frank Schneider (University of Mannheim)


Lara Wolfers Lara Wolfers
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