ERIC Number: EJ697817
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Publication Date: 2004-Nov
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The Impact of Educational Television on Young Children's Reading in the Context of Family Stress
Vandewater, E.A.; Bickham, D.S.
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology: An International Lifespan Journal, v25 n6 p717-728 Nov 2004
This study examined the impact of educational media use on young children's (ages 2-5) reading and pre-reading skills in the context of various family stressors (lack of economic resources, family conflict, and maternal depression). We examined the utility of models positing that family stressors directly predict the quality of the home learning environment and educational media use, which then directly predict children's reading and pre-reading skills. Results indicated that all family stressors were negatively related to the quality of the home learning environment, which was in turn directly related to children's reading skills. However, only family conflict was negatively related to educational media use, though media use was positively related to reading skills. Moreover, the magnitude of the relationship between educational media use and reading skills was equal to that of the relationship between the quality of the home learning environment and reading skills. Results suggest that educational media use is less prone to disruption by family stressors than other influences on young children's reading and pre-reading skills.
Descriptors: Educational Television, Educational Environment, Young Children, Reading Skills, Depression (Psychology), Conflict, Educational Media
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Reading)