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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: Associations between early shared music activities int he home and later child outcomes: Findings from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Authors: Barrett, Margaret S 
Williams, Kate 
Williams, Kate E 
Broughton, Mary 
Abad, Vicky 
Welch, Graham F 
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 113-124
Keywords: music
early childhood
Abstract: The benefits of early shared book reading between parents and children have long been established,yet the same cannot be said for early shared music activities in the home. This study investigated the parent–child home music activities in a sample of 3031 Australian children participating in Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) study. Frequency of shared home music activities was reported by parents when children were 2–3 years and a range of social, emotional,and cognitive outcomes were measured by parent and teacher report and direct testing two years later when children were 4–5 years old. A series of regression analyses (controlling for a set of important socio-demographic variables) found frequency of shared home music activities to have a small significant partial association with measures of children’s vocabulary, numeracy, attentional and emotional regulation, and prosocial skills. We then included both book reading and shared home music activities in the same models and found that frequency of shared home music activities maintained small partial associations with measures of prosocial skills, attentional regulation, and numeracy. Our findings suggest there may be a role for parent-child home music activities in supporting children’s development.
Keywords: Children -- Early childhood; Activities -- Children's activities; Child Development
Research collection: Journal Articles
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