Predicting Social Adjustment During the Transition from Preschool to Primary School – The Role of Children’s Media Use


Early transition from preschool to primary school is an important predictor that gives a lot of insight into the later years of formal schooling.Studies have demonstrated the importance of social adjustment for transition,ranging from childhood,adolescence and adulthood.This study aims to to examine factors that predict children's social adjustment based on children’s media use during the transition from preschool to primary school in China.Using a nationally representative stratified sample of 195 families with children aged 4-6(4-65,5-65,6-65),children's media use on 3 media devices-television, mobile phones, and computers were examined. Results from correlation analysis,linear regression analyses and “T”test indicate that:(1) The amount of time on media use was strongly associated with social adjustment during the transition;(2).The content of children’s media use varies as a function of child age and gender regarding the social adjustment.Further analysis shows that parents' intervention attitudes towards children's media use are also an indispensable factor in predicting social adjustment.Based on findings,implications for further studies and early intervention for young children`s media use strategies during the transition to primary school are discussed.

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Yanfang Zhou, Hiroshima University, Japan
Atsushi Nanakida, Hiroshima University, Japan

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Conference: SEACE2020
Stream: Educational Research

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