Parents with children in grades K-12 are being asked to take part in The Learning Habit Study, an online research study that will examine how media use, family routines and parenting style impact a child's ability to learn. Researchers from Brown University School of Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, and New England Center for Pediatric Psychology are anticipating at least 50,000 parents will answer questions ranging from the type of school their child attends to how flexible they are about setting rules. The survey will be available starting today September 3, 2013 thru October 31, 2013. Parents who want to take part can visit, www.learning-habit.com. The survey will also be available on partner websites which include WebMD, Huffington Post Parents, The National PTA, and Parents Magazine. The entire survey is expected to take 10 minutes to complete. Parents who complete the survey can choose to enter into a $500 sweepstakes.
"The information gathered by this study will be critical toward understanding the relationships between media use, grades, social interactions, and emotional learning," says lead researcher Robert M. Pressman, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Research at the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology. "Our goal is to provide parents, teachers and pediatricians information on which family routines and behaviors improve academic success, increase social skills, and contribute to emotional balance in children."
Dr. Pressman is joined by a research team comprised of: Allison Schettini Evans, Ph.D., a pediatric neuropsychologist at Brown University School of Medicine, Dr. Judith Owens, M.D., MPH, Director of Sleep Medicine at Children's National Medical Center, and Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, M.S.W., LICSW, Clinical Director of the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology.