Date of Award

5-8-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Chris Henrich

Second Advisor

Rose Sevcik

Third Advisor

Seyda Ozcaliskan

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between mothers’ family background (i.e., human, financial, and social capital) on young children’s literacy and educational outcomes over time for ages 3-9. Main effect results indicated that financial capital and human capital were consistent predictors of literacy and educational outcomes over time. There were also interaction effects of material hardship and human capital, poverty and human capital, as well as the number of books in the home and human capital were significant interactions of teacher literacy evaluations at age 5. Additionally, the number of books in the home and human capital was a significant interaction for L & L skills at age 9. Results suggest that certain components of family background play a crucial role in the literacy and educational outcomes of at-risk children.

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