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New report on reading and language development from Growing Up in Scotland

Posted in News on Wednesday, 08 June 2016
New report on reading and language development from Growing Up in Scotland

The Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) study has published a new report on language development and enjoyment of reading.

This report, 'Language development and enjoyment of reading: Impacts of early parent-child activities in two Growing Up in Scotland cohorts', compares language development at age 3 for the two groups of children taking part in GUS (born 2004/05 and 2010/11).

The key findings of the report are:

  • Vocabulary ability amongst children aged 3 improved slightly between 2007/08 and 2013.
  • The difference in vocabulary ability between the most and least advantaged children reduced slightly over the same period.
  • In both groups, children living in more advantaged circumstances were more likely to take part in frequent home learning activities like reading and singing than children living in less advantaged
    circumstances.
  • In both groups, frequent home learning activities are associated with better vocabulary ability at age 3.
  • Parents living in more advantaged circumstances were more likely to report having received and used the Bookbug packs and were more likely to have accessed the PlayTalkRead website.
  • At age 8, most children (66%) like reading ‘a lot’ while one quarter (24%) like reading ‘a bit’.
  • Girls are more likely to say that they like reading than boys (74% of girls like reading ‘a lot’ compared with 58% of boys)
  • Children of all social backgrounds were similarly likely to enjoy reading.
  • After controlling for other factors, neither being read to frequently at age 2 or age 5 was associated with liking reading ‘a lot’ at age 8.
Read the full report here.

New findings from GUS are also presented in a new report on partner abuse. GUS data suggests that 14% of 6 year olds are living with a main carer who has experienced some form of partner abuse. Experiencing partner abuse is associated with socio-economic disadvantage. Younger mothers, aged under 20 at the time of their child's birth experience a particularly high risk of partner abuse.

Read the report, 'Scottish Crime and Justice Survey Report 2014/15: Partner Abuse', here.

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