The bidirectional nature of narrative scaffolding: Latino caregivers' elaboration while creating stories from a picture book

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Abstract

Although caregiver narrative elaboration is seen as a critical dimension for children's development of narrative skills, research has yet to show a predictive relation between caregiver elaboration and child outcomes for low-income Latino children. The present study explored whether specific types of narrative elaboration were predicted by and predictive of Latino children's language and storytelling skills. Results showed that, whereas provision of new elaboration was negatively predictive of children's language skills, provision of embellished elaboration predicted more advanced language skills six months later. Moreover, caregivers whose children had more developed language and storytelling skills included fewer new elaborations, but more embellished elaborations. The findings highlight Latino caregivers' responsiveness and sensitivity to children's abilities and further our understanding of the nuanced ways in which narrative elaboration is used by Latino caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-316
Number of pages16
JournalFirst Language
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Book sharing
  • Caregiver-child interactions
  • Latino preschoolers
  • Narrative elaboration
  • Narrative scaffolding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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