Journal article

Preschool Speech Intelligibility and 8-Year Literacy: A Moderated Mediation Analysis

Fufen Jin, Synnve Schjolberg, Patricia Eadie, Ragnhild Bang Nes, Espen Roysamb

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research | AMER SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOC | Published : 2020


Purpose The aims of this study were (a) to examine the relationship between speech intelligibility at the age of 5 years and literacy skills at the age of 8 years, (b) to explore the possible mediating or moderating role of broader language skills at 5 years in the relationship of interest, and (c) to assess whether the potential risk factors (child gender; maternal education levels; and family history of speech, language, reading, and writing difficulties) influence the relationship between speech intelligibility and literacy in terms of moderated mediation effects. Method We used mother-reported questionnaire data on 16,184 children..

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Awarded by Research Council of Norway

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by The Research Council of Norway Grants 221962 and 288083. The Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Ministry of Education and Research. The authors are grateful to all the participating families in Norway who take part in this ongoing cohort study.