CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
Family scholars have a growing concern about the time demands and hectic pace of parents‘ jobs which are causing families to have less time together (DeGenova, Stinnett & Stinnett, 2011). Data from national research on approximately 2,000 parents indicated that about 50 percent of the parents reported too little time with the children (Milkie, et al., 2004). Similarly, research examining family time among parents and adolescent children found that family time was rare.
Higher level of family time was related to more affectionate, loving and intimate relationships (Crouter et al., 2004). 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.
Several research studies have examined the relationship between family time and adults, adolescents, and family satisfaction; however, research examining the impact of family time on young children‘s overall development is very limited.