Development of the Digital Parental Mediation Scale - Survey Data (2020)

Published: 21 September 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/2rjd8zy9rv.1
Jessica Navarro


The goal of this study was to develop and validate a measure of parents’ attitudes about the mediation of digital technology. An internet-based survey was administered to 554 parents of children and adolescents in the US. Exploratory bifactor analysis revealed one general factor and four digital-specific factors: discursive mediation, restrictive mediation and monitoring, participatory mediation, and mediation by modeling. Confirmatory factor analysis supported a bifactor model of the Digital Parental Mediation Scale (DPMS); the general factor explained shared variance related to parenting style and skills in general, while the mediation factor represented digital-specific attitudes. Mediation factors were predicted differentially by perceived parenting efficacy and influence, parental worry about technology, child age, and parent and child technology use patterns.



Child Development, Family Dynamics, Parent-Child Interaction