The home literacy environment as a predictor of the early literacy development of children at family-risk of dyslexia
Hamilton, Lorna G., Hayiou-Thomas, Marianna E., Hulme, Charles and Snowling, Margaret J.. (2016). The home literacy environment as a predictor of the early literacy development of children at family-risk of dyslexia. Scientific Studies of Reading. 20(5), pp. 401 - 419. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888438.2016.1213266
|Authors||Hamilton, Lorna G., Hayiou-Thomas, Marianna E., Hulme, Charles and Snowling, Margaret J.|
The home literacy environment ( HLE ) predicts language and reading development in typically developing children; relatively little is known about its association with literacy development in children at family-risk of dyslexia. We assessed the HLE at age 4 years, precursor literacy skills at age 5, and literacy outcomes at age 6, in a sample of children at family-risk of dyslexia ( n = 116 ) and children with no known risk ( n = 72 ). Developmental relationships between the HLE and literacy were comparable between the groups; an additional effect of storybook exposure on phoneme awareness was observed in the family-risk group only. The effects of socioeconomic status on literacy were partially mediated by variations in the HLE; in turn, effects of the HLE on literacy were mediated by precursor skills ( oral language, phoneme awareness, and emergent decoding ) in both groups. Findings are discussed in terms of possible gene–environment correlation mechanisms underpinning atypical literacy development.
|Journal||Scientific Studies of Reading|
|Journal citation||20 (5), pp. 401 - 419|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/10888438.2016.1213266|
|Open access||Open access|
|Page range||401 - 419|
|Research Group||Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)|
© Lorna G. Hamilton, Marianna E. Hayiou-Thomas, Charles Hulme, and Margaret J. Snowling. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
|Place of publication||United States|
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