Home book reading particularly beneficial for children with conduct problems

New research from TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research at Aarhus University shows that book reading at home has different effects on different children. Book reading has almost no positive effect on the language skills of hyperactive children, whereas children with conduct problems whose parents frequently read aloud to them may double the growth of their oral language.

Parents of children with severe conduct problems should be informed that it is particularly important to their child that they prioritise home book reading, according to the researchers behind a new study. Photo: Colourbox

Facts about the study

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Type of study

Cohort study examining the correlation between the frequency of home book reading and later language skills in children with above/below average hyperactivity and high/low levels of conduct problems.

External collaborators

The data is based on the projects Speed Up Language Learning and SPELL – Language Acquisition via Play-Based Reading.

These projects were carried out in 2012-2015 in collaboration with Rambøll Management Consulting.

External funding Speed Up Language Learning was financed by the National Board of Social Services and SPELL by the Danish Council for Strategic Research.
Conflict of interests None
Additional facts None
Link to the scientific article Child disruptiveness moderates the effects of home book reading on oral language development

Brett Laursen, Professor, Florida Atlantic University and TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research, Aarhus University.

Or co-author: 

Dorthe Bleses,
Professor, TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research