Investigating the association between children’s screen media exposure and vocabulary size in the UK

Taylor, G, Monaghan, P and Westermann, G 2017, 'Investigating the association between children’s screen media exposure and vocabulary size in the UK' , Journal of Children and Media .

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Abstract

Children are growing up in a digital age with increasing exposure to television and touchscreen devices. We tested whether exposure to screen media is associated with children’s early language development. One hundred and thirty-one highly educated caregivers of UK children aged 6–36 months completed a media exposure questionnaire and vocabulary measure. 99% of children were read to daily, 82% watched television, and 49% used mobile touchscreen devices daily. Regression analyses revealed that time spent reading positively predicted vocabulary comprehension and production scores at 6–18 months, but time spent engaging with television or mobile touchscreen devices was not associated with vocabulary scores. Critically, correlations revealed that time spent reading or engaging with other non-screen activities was not offset by time spent engaging with television or mobile touchscreen devices. Thus, there was no evidence to suggest that screen media exposure adversely influenced vocabulary size in our sample of highly educated families with moderate media use.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Children and Media
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1748-2798
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Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Depositing User: G Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 14:57
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2017 23:08
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43095

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