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Early home activities and oral language skills in middle childhood: a quantile analysis

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2018, 00:00 authored by J Law, R Rush, T King, Elizabeth WestruppElizabeth Westrupp, S Reilly
Oral language development is a key outcome of elementary school, and it is important to identify factors that predict it most effectively. Commonly researchers use ordinary least squares regression with conclusions restricted to average performance conditional on relevant covariates. Quantile regression offers a more sophisticated alternative. Using data of 17,687 children from the United Kingdom's Millennium Cohort Study, we compared ordinary least squares and quantile models with language development (verbal similarities) at 11 years as the outcome. Gender had more of an effect at the top of the distribution, whereas poverty, early language, and reading to the child had a greater effect at the bottom. The picture for TV watching was more mixed. The results are discussed in terms of the provision of universal and targeted interventions.

History

Journal

Child development

Volume

89

Issue

1

Season

January/February

Pagination

295 - 309

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Chichester, Eng.

eISSN

1467-8624

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2017, The Authors