The role of family time on a young child's overall development

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Much research has been conducted concerning the factors that influence child development. Spending quality family time together is an important part of the foundational process of how families develop. It is logical to assume the effects of quality family time on young children's development are also very important. Surprisingly, there is little research on the influence of quality family time on a young child's development. The present research proposal is based on the premise that spending family time together should promote stimulating environments, which can facilitate young children's positive development. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between both family time and family strengths and each of the following areas of a child's development: social/emotional development, physical development, cognitive development, and language development. Another purpose was to examine the relationship between Family Time and Family Strengths and to also examine the perceptions of parents concerning the most important family activity in which their family participates and the reasons for importance of family activities they participate in together. The sample consisted of 53 families with children between the ages of two and five. Participants were asked to fill out a Family Time Questionnaire. Findings showed family time to be significantly related to two year old children's social/emotional, cognitive, and language development and three to five year old children's cognitive development. Family strengths are significantly related to two year old children's overall development.

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Environmental science, Early childhood education, Developmental psychology