Developmental relations between home literacy environment, reading interest, and reading skills: evidence from a 3-year longitudinal study

George K. Georgiou*, Tomohiro Inoue, Rauno Parrila

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Abstract

We examined the bidirectional relations between home literacy environment, reading interest, and children’s emergent literacy and reading skills in a sample of 172 English-speaking Canadian children (Mage = 75.87 months) followed from Grade 1 to Grade 3. Results of cross-lagged analysis revealed that the reading comprehension activities (RCA) at home positively predicted children's reading skills at the end of Grade 2 and the reading skills negatively predicted the RCA in Grade 3. Parent-rated reading interest was bidirectionally related to reading skills, whereas child-rated reading interest was only predicted by earlier reading skills, but not vice versa. These findings suggest that parents are sensitive to their children’s reading performance and modify their involvement accordingly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2053-2068
Number of pages16
JournalChild Development
Volume92
Issue number5
Early online date27 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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