Manja Attig

The emergence of 5-year-olds’ behavioral difficulties: Analyzing risk and protective pathways in the United Kingdom and Germany

This study aims to advance our understanding of 5-year-olds’ behavioral difficulties by getting to grips with certain facets of parenting and child development and how they might influence their child’s behavior. The research makes use of data from the United Kingdom and Germany to examine positive and negative parenting behavior, any distress a parent reports … Read more

Specific parenting behaviors link maternal education to toddlers’ language and social competence

This study seeks to unpack the underlying ways in which a mother’s education is linked with her toddler’s verbal and social skills. Specifically, it investigates whether different ways of parenting play a role in this. The research uses data on around 2500 children and their mothers to test previous research showing in a very broad … Read more

Social disparities in the vocabulary of 2-year-old children and the mediating effect of language-stimulating interaction behavior

It is well documented that children’s language skills already vary by socioeconomic status by the time they are about 2-3 years old. In addition, study results demonstrate that the frequency of language-stimulating interaction behavior – as an important aspect of the proximal familial learning environment – significantly predicts children’s later language skills. However, it is … Read more

What impacts early language skills? Effects of social disparities and different process characteristics of the home learning environment in the first 2 years

Authors: Manja Attig, Sabine Weinert,
Issue: 2022
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It is well documented that the language skills of preschool children differ substantially and that these differences are highly predictive of their later academic success and achievements. Especially in the early phases of children’s lives, the importance of different structural and process characteristics of the home learning environment (HLE) has been emphasized and research results … Read more

The association of maternal education on children’s language skills and its link to social inequality, descriptive analysis from three European cohort studies

Social inequality is a persistent global issue which many countries, governments, and policymakers aim to address. The development of language and communication skills during the early years of a child’s life are vital for school readiness, educational success, and later life outcomes. As part of a collaborative research project we sought to bring together data … Read more