ERIC Number: EJ1132851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Beyond Immigrant Status: Book-Sharing in Low-Income Mexican-American Families
Salinas, Maria; Pérez-Granados, Deanne R.; Feldman, Heidi M.; Huffman, Lynne C.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v15 n1 p17-33 Mar 2017
Data from a sample (n = 145) of low-income Mexican-American mothers and their toddlers (9-26 months) were used to explore the prevalence of high-frequency book-sharing (?3 days/week) and its association with maternal immigrant status (Mexico-born vs US-born), as well as other demographic and psychosocial factors. Mexico-born mothers were more likely to report frequent book-sharing than were their US-born counterparts. This was contrary to expectations, and may be representative of the "immigrant paradox." Other variables associated with high-frequency book-sharing included not receiving welfare, low levels of parenting stress, and having 10 or more books in the home; these factors remained statistically significant in multivariate logistic regression models. The findings of this study have the potential to inform not only intervention efforts targeting emergent literacy in family contexts and children's school readiness in Latino families, but also practitioners and policy makers in the health and social services. Pediatricians and other health and social service practitioners are encouraged to be aware of the demographic and psychosocial factors that can affect mothers' pursuit of child-focused early literacy activities.
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Low Income Groups, Mothers, Toddlers, Books, Immigrants, Social Influences, Psychological Patterns, Ownership, Reading Aloud to Others, Socioeconomic Status, Family Environment, Family Literacy, Questionnaires, Children, Experience, Early Intervention, Surveys, Preschool Education, Family (Sociological Unit), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Measures (Individuals), Depression (Psychology), Child Rearing, Stress Variables, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey; Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale; Parenting Stress Index
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