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Article

Fathers’ Role in Co-Use of Video Games in Russia

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2016. Vol. 233. P. 455-458.
Fedor O. Marchenko, Matveewa L. V., Makhovskaya O. I.

The article is devoted to the problem of co-use of video games by children and their parents. The object of our investigation
are father’s strategies of mediation of children video gaming within culture-historical approach and activity theory ( L.S.
Vygotsky, A.N. Leontiev, P.Ya. Galperin). Despite some authors regard fathers as main protagonists of media use among
family members, their role in co-use of video games still requires more through exploration. We assumed that family
structure and relative position of father in it affect the strategies of mediation of children’s video gaming activities. 30 fatherchild
dyads were chosen for in-depth interviewing. To evaluate father’s position within family structure we developed and
used a graphic method “Family Model”. Collected data allowed to map out three groups of fathers and corresponding
strategies of mediation of video gaming.