Video Abstract: Problematic Child Mealtime Behavior and Caregiver Mobile Phone Use

Video Author:Libby Matile Milkovich

Published on:March 06, 2020

Phones interrupt in-person interactions. Problematic phone users likely have increased interruptions due to their addiction-like behaviors towards their phones. Child behavior can reflect the quality of in-person, caregiver-child interactions. To explore child behavior and caregiver problematic phone use, we surveyed caregivers of children about their problematic phone use and their perception of their child’s mealtime behavior. Higher ratings of child problematic mealtime behavior were associated with higher symptoms of caregiver problematic phone use. Although the study does not show causality, caregiver-child interactions are bidirectional thus possibly allowing for future child problematic behavioral interventions to address caregiver problematic phone use.