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ERIC Number: EJ887822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1940-4476
Impact of Literacy Influences and Perceived Reading Ability on Self-Rated Health of Public Middle School Students
Zullig, Keith J.; Ubbes, Valerie A.
RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, v33 n8 p1-10 2010
This study investigated the impact of literacy influences and perceived reading ability on the self-rated health (SRH) of 244 middle school students. Five literacy influences and reading ability independent variables resulted in moderate to substantial test-retest reliability [Kappas 46.6 to 63.8] over a two-week period. SRH served as the dependent variable. Students were significantly more likely to report poorer SRH (effect sizes ranged from 0.26 to 0.78) if they reported difficulty reading the survey, did not like reading, did not or were not sure if they saw a parent or caregiver reading during the past two days, or had not visited a public library or bookstore during the past year (p less than 0.05), even after adjustment for socioeconomic status. Preliminary results help to quantify how early in life literacy influences and perceived reading ability may be associated with SRH. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A