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Research Letter
March 30, 2020

Association of Young Children’s Use of Mobile Devices With Their Self-regulation

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  • 1Human Development Graduate Group, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis, Davis
  • 2Human Development and Family Studies, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis, Davis
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(8):793-795. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0129

Young children’s use of mobile devices (eg, smartphones, tablets) is prevalent and increasing.1 Although television exposure can harm young children’s self-regulation,2 little research has investigated associations between children’s use of mobile devices and this consequential capacity. We examined associations between multimethod assessments of self-regulation and screen media device use in early childhood, comparing use of traditional (eg, television, computers) and mobile devices.

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