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Parents' Experiences With Digital Lifestyles of Young Adults: A Ghanaian Perspective

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There is a growing concern about the digital lifestyle of young adults, and our understanding of how the use of digital tools at home is influencing the relationships between parents and their young adults. This paper offers insights regarding this issue so as to enhance family and consumer sciences (FCS) outreach and Extension programs. Using indepth interviews, focus group discussions, and a comparative thematic analysis, the researcher gathered and analyzed data from 12 parents in Accra, Ghana. Themes that emerged related to changes in family values, lack of physical interaction, changing family relationships, isolated parents, excessive expenditure on digital technology, and a positive feeling of learning digital skills from children. The study suggests the need for further research to inform FCS professionals on strategies for using digital devices in relation to quality family interactions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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