Understanding risk and protective factors in reading development from birth to adulthood: A multifactorial framework

Main funder

Funder's project number313768

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 78 109,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date01/09/2017

Project end date31/12/2019


Becoming a skilled reader is an important prerequisite for full participation in the modern societies. Skilled reading involves both the ability to decode print and to comprehend the meaning conveyed by print accurately and efficiently. A substantial proportion of the population, however, experience difficulties in decoding, in reading comprehension or in both (e.g., Catts, et al., 2003; Torppa et al., 2007b). Spelling difficulties are also typical in RD, particularly for decoding RD/dyslexia (e.g. Vellutino et al., 2004). Research on these problems has been intensive. However, the bulk of it has been focused on cognitive precursors of literacy acquisition and components of poor reading. Much less is known about the intertwined development of reading skills beyond early grades, their risk and protective factors, and their links to adjustment and adult outcomes. Better understanding is needed for both developmental theory-building and planning of effective early prevention programs.
My project (Finnish academy research fellow 1.9.2014-31.8.2018) focuses on the risk and protective factors in the development of reading in a particularly long time window spanning from birth to adulthood. In addition to the typical cognitive reading research framework, the present proposal utilizes a broader multifactorial approach including also motivation and adjustment factors, as well as examination of both genetic effects and environmental effects. This project builds upon existing large-scale projects that involve a strong group of collaborators from multiple disciplines. This application is for continuation project funding 1.9.2017-31.8.2018.

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Follow-up groups

Profiling areaMultidisciplinary research on learning and teaching (University of Jyväskylä JYU) MultiLeTeSchool of Wellbeing (University of Jyväskylä JYU) JYU.Well

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