The impact of the home musical environment on infants' language development

Papadimitriou, Aspasia, Smythe, Catherine, Politimou, Nina, Franco, Fabia ORCID logoORCID: and Stewart, Lauren (2021) The impact of the home musical environment on infants' language development. Infant Behavior and Development, 65 , 101651. ISSN 0163-6383 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2021.101651)

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There is strong evidence that musical engagement influences children’s language development but little research has been carried out on the relationship between the home musical environment and language development in infancy. The current study assessed musical exposure at home (including parental singing) and language development in 64 infants (8.5 - 18 months). Results showed that the home musical environment significantly predicted gesture development. For a subgroup of infants’ below 12 months, both parental singing and overall home musical environment score significantly predicted word comprehension. These findings represent the first demonstration that an enriched musical environment in infancy can promote development of communication skills

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Home musical environment, Infancy, Parental singing, Language development
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 33951
Notes on copyright: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Depositing User: Fabia Franco
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 11:00
Last Modified: 13 May 2023 03:04

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