Exploring Maternal Interactions During Shared Book Readings in Indian Home Contexts

Riya Sara Jacob, Sunila John, Monica L. Bellon-Harn, Vinaya Manchaiah

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The importance of parent-child shared book reading (SBR) is well established. However, there is a limited understanding of parental interaction patterns during SBR among preschool children in the Indian context. Using a cross-sectional observational study design, mothers’ verbal and nonverbal behavior during SBR was analyzed in 26 Kannada-speaking mother-child dyads. Relationships between the quantity of SBR experiences and parental attitudes and beliefs about storybook reading were examined. Findings revealed that mothers predominantly used dialogic reading strategies followed by extra-textual talk, print referencing strategies, and nonverbal strategies. Few correlations were found between parental attitudes and beliefs and the quantity of SBR experiences. Implications for parent training in SBR are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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