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Chaos, Poverty, and Parenting: Predictors of Early Language Development.
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PMID:  23049162     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Studies have shown that distal family risk factors like poverty and maternal education are strongly related to children's early language development. Yet, few studies have examined these risk factors in combination with more proximal day-to-day experiences of children that might be critical to understanding variation in early language. Young children's exposure to a chronically chaotic household may be one critical experience that is related to poorer language, beyond the contribution of SES and other demographic variables. In addition, it is not clear whether parenting might mediate the relationship between chaos and language. The purpose of this study was to understand how multiple indicators of chaos over children's first three years of life, in a representative sample of children living in low wealth rural communities, were related to child expressive and receptive language at 36 months. Factor analysis of 10 chaos indicators over five time periods suggested two factors that were named household disorganization and instability. Results suggested that after accounting for thirteen covariates like maternal education and poverty, one of two chaos composites (household disorganization) accounted for significant variance in receptive and expressive language. Parenting partially mediated this relationship although household disorganization continued to account for unique variance in predicting early language.
Authors:
Lynne Vernon-Feagans; Patricia Garrett-Peters; Mike Willoughby; Roger Mills-Koonce;
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early childhood research quarterly     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0885-2006     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Child Res Q     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8701754     Medline TA:  Early Child Res Q     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  339-351     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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