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|Other Titles:||Parenting Information Need and Information Anxiety of Taiwanese Preschool Children’s Parents|
Graduate institute of library and information studies ,NTNU
The number of newborns in Taiwan continued to decline, possibly due to the changing family structure and urbanization. The phenomenon of low birth rate reminds us of the fact that the new generation of parents will dedicate more time, effort, and resource to their children, thus increasing the needs of parenting information. This study investigated how parents of preschool children made use of various and easily-accessed information channels to solve their parenting problems, and discussed whether such information and channels meet the needs of parents, or oppositely, lead them to the circumstance of “the paradox of choice” and information anxiety. The study also discussed the properties and meanings of information from different channels (e.g., friends, Internet, books, or doctors). Nine participants were selected for a qualitative interview based on the purposive sampling approach. Our results indicated that parents use different information channels according to their personal experiences, social contact, and information environments to solve different types of information problems. Moreover, experienced parents, especially those who have more than one child, tend to ease their information anxiety by seeking information through different channels with instrumental purposes. However, it was also found that the information anxiety of current Taiwanese parents seldom derived from information deficiency or overload, but from the difficult decision to make among multiple channels embedded with informational, structural, and professonal priorities. Moreover, the decisions, not absolutely the most correct ones, are mainly made to ease the parents’ information anxiety. In other words, it is the parents’ anxiety that is solved rather than the parenting problem itself.
|Appears in Collections:||圖書館學與資訊科學|
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