The goal of this dissertation was to determine to the role communication technology has in nonresident father-teen relationships. Two studies were conducted to answer this research questions: Study 1, a quantitative, descriptive study (n = 93) mapped the use of communication technology in nonresident father-teen relationships, and Study 2, a qualitative study (n = 10) explored the meaning technology-mediated interactions had for teens who believed technology played an important role in their relationships with nonresident fathers. Study 1 found that nonresident father-teen dyads used mobile phone calls and texting more frequently than other forms of communication technology, and communicated on a monthly basis. Study 2 found that teens' interactions mediated by communication technology helped maintain the father-teen relationship, had a role in family process, and made nonresident fathers and teens feel part of the same world. Results, limitations, and implications for research and practice are discussed.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. July 2015. Major: Family Social Science. Advisor: Catherine Solheim. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 73 pages.
The Role of Communication Technology in Facilitating Nonresident Father-Teen Relationships: A Mixed Methods Approach.
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