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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lindo, Endia Jones
Author's Email Address endia.lindo@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-01022008-111106
Title Family background: a predictor of comprehension difficulty in the elementary grades
Degree PhD
Department Special Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Donald L. Compton Committee Chair
Doug Fuchs Committee Member
Lynn Fuchs Committee Member
Mark Berends Committee Member
  • human capital
  • financial capital
  • social capital
Date of Defense 2007-09-13
Availability unrestricted
This study examines how family background impacts the comprehension of struggling readers in grades 2-6. Background surveys were administered to parents (N = 51), who also completed cognitive and psychosocial measures. These data, in conjunction with student cognitive and behavioral scores, were used to examine the predictive validity of the family background instrument compared to two socioeconomic measures common to educational research (i.e., Lunch Subsidy, Hollingshead). Correlation and regression analyses examined how the variables composing family background correlate and their relationship to the students’ comprehension score on the Gates MacGinitie Reading Test. Components of family background were significantly related to students’ comprehension scores; and accounted for as much or more variability than either the Hollingshead or lunch subsidy status.
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