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Mothers’ Strategies to Support Children’s Early Learning in Low-Income Homes: A Qualitative Investigation

Auteurs: Leanne Elliott, Heather J. Bachman

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 3/2024

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Abstract

A long history of empirical research demonstrates that children of low-socioeconomic status (SES) begin school behind their peers and that enrichment activities in the home environment mediate these disparities. This past work overlooks the considerable heterogeneity in the parenting practices of families from low-SES backgrounds. To address this limitation, this study examined home enrichment practices among families with low-SES in greater detail to obtain a nuanced view of the experiences and challenges facing socioeconomically disadvantaged parents. We conducted in-depth, qualitative interviews with 13 mothers of three- to five-year-old children with low-SES, addressing their enrichment activities in the home and any challenges or barriers that interfere with enrichment activities. Parents were also asked to report on their home enrichment practices through a survey measure. All parents described substantial challenges in attempting to provide opportunities for learning with their young children but also described activities that they did engage in, along with a variety of strategies for overcoming challenges. Comparable challenges and strategies were noted by mothers with both high and low scores on a traditional survey measure of home learning activities, suggesting these measures may miss important learning opportunities that parents in low-SES contexts provide for their children.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Mothers’ Strategies to Support Children’s Early Learning in Low-Income Homes: A Qualitative Investigation
Auteurs
Leanne Elliott
Heather J. Bachman
Publicatiedatum
08-09-2023
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 3/2024
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-023-02652-7

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