Predictors of literacy practices in rural African American families Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Addy, Naa Dede Awula
    • Affiliation: School of Education
  • The current study examines the nature of literacy practices in rural African American families. Hierarchical regression analyses are used to examine a number of demographic variables and their possible influence of the frequency of literacy practices in these families. Specifically, this study examines maternal, child, and household structure variables and their relation to child, joint mother-child, and maternal literacy practices. In contrast to many prior studies of low-income minority families, results reveal that these families are frequently engaged in a variety of literacy practices and that children's language skills are on target for their age. Furthermore, maternal employment and child language skills are found to be predictive of child literacy practices, while maternal education and child language skills are predictive of joint literacy practices. Markers of socioeconomic status are not predictive of literacy practices in this sample. The study concludes with a discussion of implications and directions for future research.
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  • in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Arts in the School of Education.
  • Vernon-Feagans, Lynne

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