A1 Journal article (refereed)
Leisure Reading (But Not Any Kind) and Reading Comprehension Support Each Other : A Longitudinal Study Across Grades 1 and 9 (2020)


Torppa, M., Niemi, P., Vasalampi, K., Lerkkanen, M.-K., Tolvanen, A., & Poikkeus, A.-M. (2020). Leisure Reading (But Not Any Kind) and Reading Comprehension Support Each Other : A Longitudinal Study Across Grades 1 and 9. Child Development, 91 (3), 876-900. doi:10.1111/cdev.13241


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Torppa, Minna; Niemi, Pekka; Vasalampi, Kati; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Tolvanen, Asko; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija

Journal or series: Child Development

ISSN: 0009-3920

eISSN: 1467-8624

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 91

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 876-900

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13241

Open Access: Publication channel is not openly available

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/68293


Abstract

This study examines associations between leisure reading and reading skills in data of 2,525 students followed from age 7 to 16. As a step further from traditional cross‐lagged analysis, a random intercept cross‐lagged panel model was used to identify within‐person associations of leisure reading (books, magazines, newspapers, and digital reading), reading fluency, and reading comprehension. In Grades 1–3 poorer comprehension and fluency predicted less leisure reading. In later grades more frequent leisure reading, particularly of books, predicted better reading comprehension. Negative associations were found between digital reading and reading skills. The findings specify earlier findings of correlations between individuals by showing that reading comprehension improvement, in particular, is predicted by within‐individual increases in book reading.


Keywords: longitudinal research; reading as recreation; literacy; reading comprehension; school-age children

Free keywords: leisure reading; reading skills


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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

Preliminary JUFO rating: 3


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