ERIC Number: EJ1162666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Mother and Child Narrative Elaborations during Booksharing in Low-Income Mexican-American Dyads
Escobar, Kelly; Melzi, Gigliana; Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S.
Infant and Child Development, v26 n6 Nov-Dec 2017
Caregivers' narrative elaborations have been consistently shown to relate to language, literacy, and cognitive skills in children. However, research with Latinos yields mixed findings in terms of how much caregivers elaborate and the benefits of elaborations for Latino children's development, especially within booksharing contexts. Moreover, little research has investigated whether and how children elaborate, and whether individual differences among children's narrative elaborations are related to changes in maternal elaborations over time. The current longitudinal study describes specific types of elaborations used by children and mothers and examines reciprocal relations between children's and mothers' elaborations over 1 year (at child age 3 and child age 4), in a sample of 45 Mexican immigrant mothers and their preschool-aged children. Maternal elaborations positively related to children's narrative development only when subtypes of elaborations were considered, but not when considering the frequency of elaborations more broadly. Moreover, children's elaborations at age 3 were differentially associated with specific maternal elaborations a year later. Findings underscore the need to examine narrative elaborations at a nuanced level in Latino populations.
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Mexican Americans, Low Income, Story Reading, Child Development, Cognitive Development, Longitudinal Studies, Immigrants, Preschool Children, Narration, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS); National Science Foundation (NSF)
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