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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: An intergenerational qualitative study of the good parenting ideal and active free play during middle childhood
Author(s): Pynn, Shannon R
Neely, Kacey C
Ingstrup, Meghan S
Spence, John C
Carson, Valerie
Robinson, Zac
Holt, Nicholas L
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Keywords: parenting
social media
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Pynn SR, Neely KC, Ingstrup MS, Spence JC, Carson V, Robinson Z & Holt NL (2019) An intergenerational qualitative study of the good parenting ideal and active free play during middle childhood. Neely K (Project Leader) Children's Geographies, 17 (3), pp. 266-277.
Abstract: This study addressed the question: How and why has the good parenting ideal changed in relation to active free play (AFP) during middle childhood? Twenty-eight middle class and predominantly white adults (14 grandparent-parent dyads) completed individual semi-structured interviews. Data were subjected to a thematic analysis. Two themes (changing expectations for parental involvement in children's lives and increasing expectations to involve children in structured activities) depicted how the good parenting ideal has changed. A further two themes (news media influence on perceptions of safety and concerns about being judged on social media) explained some of the reasons why the good parenting ideal has changed. Perceived needs for parental involvement, supervision, and organized activities appear to contradict the notion of active free play. It may be useful to develop initiatives that are consistent with the good parenting ideal, and to examine parents’ use of traditional and social media in future AFP research.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14733285.2018.1492702
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