How often do you play with your child? The influence of parents' cultural capital on the frequency of familial activities from age three to six

Becker, Birgit

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Volume: 22
Issue number: 1
Page range: 4-13
Place of publication: Abingdon [u.a.]
Publishing house: Routledge, Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1350-293X , 1752-1807
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Many studies have demonstrated a positive association between familial activities (e.g. reading to the child) and children’s development in different domains. It is also well-known that social and ethnic differences exist regarding the frequencies of such activities. However, the mechanism behind these differences is less clear. This article analyses the role of parents’ cultural capital as a mediating factor between families’ social and ethnic background and the frequency of stimulating familial activities in early childhood. Using the data from the German longitudinal study ‘Preschool Education and Educational Careers among Migrant Children’, it is shown that parents’ cultural capital completely mediates the effect of mother’s education and part of the ethnic origin effect. Additional longitudinal analyses reveal that the influence of parents’ cultural capital changes over time and is most pronounced at the earliest measurement.

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