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Cognitive abilities and socio-economic status as predictors of reading and writing skills in early schooling

Conference contribution
Authors Irma Brkovic
S Strnad-Jerbic
N Dujic
D Kovac
M Maljkovic
G Kerestes
Erland Hjelmquist
Tomas Tjus
Published in Paper presented at the Ramiro and Zoran Bujas Days, April, 15-18, Zagreb, Croatia.
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Psychology
Language hr
Subject categories Psychology


Literature offers a lot of contradictory theoretical considerations as well as empirical findings about the relationship between cognitive abilities and oral and written language skills . This study investigated nonverbal abilities and reading and writing skills in 124 2nd and 106 3rd –graders. We applied Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test, short culturally unbiased measure of general abilities. Reading and writing skills were assessed with Word Chains, Spelling and Reading Comprehension Test. By means of HRA we examined parental education and cognitive abilities as predictors of reading and writing skills, controlling for child’s gender. In 2nd grade, father’s education and cognitive abilities significantly predicted Reading Comprehension. In 3rd grade, cognitive abilities were also predictive of Reading Comprehension. Mother’s education did not significantly predict any of the investigated reading and writing skills.

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