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Precursors of language ability and academic performance in childhood : a longitudinal study of at-risk French speaking children

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Precursors of language ability and academic performance in childhood : a longitudinal study of at-risk French speaking children

Campisi, Lisa (2005) Precursors of language ability and academic performance in childhood : a longitudinal study of at-risk French speaking children. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The current investigation examined whether intergenerational transfer of risk could be revealed through mothers' and preschool-aged children's language complexity, and whether continuity of risk persisted in these children's academic abilities, three years later. Participating families were drawn from the Concordia Longitudinal Risk Project, a prospective, longitudinal investigation of French-speaking families from low SES Montreal neighborhoods. At Time 1 (N=159), mothers' history of childhood social withdrawal was shown to predict language complexity when engaging in conversational speech with their preschool-aged children. Mothers' language complexity was also shown to be predictive of preschoolers' language complexity. At Time 2 (N=131), children's report card grades in Language Arts and Mathematics were both predicted by their language complexity at preschool-age. The findings support an intergenerational continuity of risk operating through language complexity and extending beyond language-related school abilities.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Campisi, Lisa
Pagination: vii, 63 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Psychology
Date:2005
Thesis Supervisor(s):Serbin, Lisa
ID Code:8576
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:29
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 15:22
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