ERIC Number: EJ697917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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Effects of Shared Parent-Infant Book Reading on Early Language Acquisition
Karrass, J.; Braungart-Rieker, J.M.
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology: An International Lifespan Journal, v26 n2 p133-148 Mar 2005
This study investigated whether shared parent-infant book reading at 4 and 8 months would be associated with subsequent language abilities at 12 and 16 months. Parents of 87 typically developing middle-class infants reported on the presence or absence of shared reading in the home; infant language abilities were measured through laboratory assessment and parent report. Results indicated that shared reading at 8 months was related to 12-month language abilities (particularly for girls) and 16-month language abilities over and above 12-month language scores. Moreover, there was a statistically significant effect of shared reading on expressive language but not on receptive language. Reading at 4 months was not significantly related to later language. Findings support the efficacy of reading to 8-month-old infants. Furthermore, relationships between shared reading and later language might depend on the genders of the parent and the infant. More research is needed to clarify what parents say and do when reading to pre-verbal infants.
Descriptors: Infants, Receptive Language, Language Acquisition, Expressive Language, Language Impairments
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