Do Preadolescent after School Activities Predict the Mother-Child Relationship in Taiwan?

  •  Li-Ching Sun    
  •  Shu-Yin Tsai    


This study investigates whether preadolescent after school activities predict the mother-child relationship. A total of 346 5th and 6th grade elementary school students and their mothers participated. The students were asked to write down after school activities they are involved in as well as the time slots for a week. Correlation and multiple regression analyses were used to examine the relationship between after school activities and the mother-child relationship. The results showed that organized activity participation was not significantly associated with the mother-child relationship. Playing computer games, literature, and artistic activities were significant to the prediction of the mother-child relationship even after demographic variables were statistically controlled for. The more time spent on literature and artistic activities increased preadolescent perception of the mother-child relationship. In contrast, the length of time for playing computer games decreased preadolescent and mother perception of the mother-child relationship.

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