- The home literacy environment: exploring how media and parent-child interactions are associated with children’s language production
- Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
- Volume | Issue number
- 14 | 4
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
Children who start school with strong language skills initiate a trajectory of academic success, while children with weaker skills are likely to struggle. Research has demonstrated that media and parent-child interactions, both characteristics of the home literacy environment, influence children's language skills. Using a national sample of American parents of children aged 8-36 months (n = 500), the current study evaluated how media and parent-child interactions are associated with children's language skills. Results indicated a positive association between literacy-based parent-child interactions and children's language production. The association between access to radios and children's books was mediated by parent-child interactions. These results offer important implications for creating home interventions to boost the language abilities of children before entering school.
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