Journal article

How many words are Australian children hearing in the first year of life?

Mary E Brushe, John W Lynch, Sheena Reilly, Edward Melhuish, Sally A Brinkman

BMC Pediatrics | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: There is evidence that parents from more socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds engage in fewer verbal interactions with their child than more advantaged parents. This leads to the so-called, '30 million-word gap'. This study aims to investigate the number of words children hear and the number of vocalizations children produce in their first year of life and examines whether these aspects of the early language home environment differ by maternal education. METHODS: Mothers were recruited into a five-year prospective cohort study and categorized into either high or low maternal education groups. Data was derived from the first two waves of the study, when the children were si..

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