Puerto Rican Mothers' Beliefs and Home Literacy Practices Purpose The aims of this investigation were to examine the parenting beliefs and literacy practices of mothers of Puerto Rican descent and to determine if relationships existed between the mothers' beliefs and practices. Method Eighty-one mothers of bilingual children who attended Head Start programs participated in the project. ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 2007
Puerto Rican Mothers' Beliefs and Home Literacy Practices
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Carol Scheffner Hammer
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Barbara L. Rodriguez
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Frank R. Lawrence
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Adele W. Miccio
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Contact author: Carol Scheffner Hammer, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 110 Moore Building, University Park, PA 26802. E-mail: cjh22@psu.edu.
Article Information
Development / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 2007
Puerto Rican Mothers' Beliefs and Home Literacy Practices
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2007, Vol. 38, 216-224. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2007/023)
History: Received October 23, 2005 , Revised February 27, 2006 , Accepted May 2, 2006
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2007, Vol. 38, 216-224. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2007/023)
History: Received October 23, 2005; Revised February 27, 2006; Accepted May 2, 2006
Web of Science® Times Cited: 19

Purpose The aims of this investigation were to examine the parenting beliefs and literacy practices of mothers of Puerto Rican descent and to determine if relationships existed between the mothers' beliefs and practices.

Method Eighty-one mothers of bilingual children who attended Head Start programs participated in the project. As part of a larger project, the children were divided into 2 groups depending on the timing of when they were exposed to English. Children who were exposed to Spanish and English from birth were classified as having home English communication (HEC); children who were not expected to communicate in English until age 3 when they entered Head Start were classified as having school English communication (SEC). Trained home visitors used questionnaires to collect information from the mothers on their background, beliefs about parenting and education, and home literacy practices.

Results The results revealed that Puerto Rican mothers held both traditional and progressive beliefs. Additionally, differences between the mothers of children in the HEC and SEC groups were observed on some of the measures of beliefs and practices. Relationships between beliefs and practices were not observed.

Implications The findings demonstrated that Puerto Rican mothers integrated aspects of both the Puerto Rican culture and the mainstream culture of the U.S. mainland into their views concering child rearing and education. Implications for practice are discussed.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This study was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (1-R01-HD-39496-05). The authors wish to thank the parents and children who participated in the investigation and the staff of the Head Start programs for their support and assistance with the project. In addition, the authors thank the project staff and the graduate and undergraduate research assistants from The Pennsylvania State Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for their assistance with the project.
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