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Restricted Access Thesis

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Master of Arts (MA)




This study investigates the association between three aspects of fathers' earlier engagement (e.g., literacy activities, caregiving, and play activities) with their child and their child's later language and emergent literacy development at age 4. Data was draw from a nationally representative sample of American children born in 2001. In order to establish this association between fathers' early engagement and preschoolers' later language and emergent literacy skills, both confirmatory factor analyses and latent variable path analysis was conducted. Preliminary analysis reveals that non-Hispanic fathers engage in more literacy activities, whereas, Hispanic fathers engage in more play activities. Therefore, non-Hispanic fathers may have a greater influence over preschoolers' early language and emergent literacy skill development due to the kind of engagement activities they tend to participate in.

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