A Pilot Study

APilot Study

Howthe Amount of Time that a Parent spends with a Child affects thebehavior of the child

Howthe Amount of Time that a Parent spends With a Child affects thebehavior of the child

ThePurpose of the Study

Thispilot study aimed to determine the changes in the behaviors of achild against the time they spend with the parents. The study isaimed at helping us to know the impacts of the amount of time spentby a parent with a child.

Proceduresof the Study

Toconduct the study successfully, some procures were followed. In thisparticular study, I used my daughter as a specimen for study. Ideveloped a data-sheet on which I used to determine the change in thebehavior of the child. I then started changing the amount of time Ispent with her and observed the changes in her behaviors. During thestudy, a keen note was taken to establish whether the changes werepositive or negative. The observations were made and recorded over aperiod of two weeks. After every two weeks, I returned to thebaseline spending a usual amount of time with her. The purpose of allthe above procedure was to determine the temper tantrums whilereceiving the normal amount of attention and receiving a varyingamount of attention so as to come up with the value of the optimumamount of time that should be spent on a child.

Themain challenge I encountered during the research was that it wasdifficult to separate the amount of change in behavior that wasattributable to the varying amount of time spent on the child withthe amount of change in the behavior of the daughter to othervariables such as hunger and fatigue. To eliminate this challenge, Ionly recorded my data during the mornings when she had just been fedsince. In the mornings, factors such as hunger and fatigue are not inplay.


Ifan actual study were to be done based on this pilot study, therewould be some operational challenges. For instance, the nature of thejob done by the parent. Some jobs are demanding and may not allow aparent to be keen on the behavior of a child. Since most of the timeI stay at home, I was able to measure the amount of time I spent withmy daughter accurately. Also, my daughter was always available for mystudy since she had not reached the school-going age. However, ifwould have been working at a place away from home, I, probably, wouldnot be able to observe the behavior changes accurately. Therefore, abetter and more realistic method of conducting the study should bedeveloped.

Resultsof the Study

Afterthe study, I observed that the child experienced more tantrums(emotional outbursts or change in behavior) when I spent less timewith her. Fewer tantrums were recorded when I spent less with thedaughter.


Theoutcomes of the research study indicate that the amount of time aparent spends with their child has a direct impact on the behavior ofthe child. The amount of time a parent spend with a child dictatesthe emotional and social development of the child. Undoubtedly, achild learns to differentiate between what is right and what is wrongthrough their parents. A parent is the immediate role model to achild. Therefore, parents should spend quality time with the childrenso as to positively shape their behaviors.


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