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Paired reading for foster children: results from a Swedish replication of an English literacy intervention
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (English)In: Adoption & Fostering: The Quarterly Journal of British Agencies for Adoption & Fostering, ISSN 0308-5759, E-ISSN 1740-469X, Vol. 38, no 4, 361-373 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A UK literacy intervention – Paired Reading – was replicated in seven Swedish local authorities, with 81 foster children aged 8–12 participating in a 16-week trial. Ability was measured pre/post intervention with age-standardised literacy tests and a short version of the WISC-IV. Results confirm and expand findings from the UK, namely that: almost all foster carers and children completed the programme (attrition 2.4%), average improvement in reading age was 11 months, basically the same as in the UK; younger children (aged 8–9) improved significantly on all four administered standardised reading tests, and on the WISC-IV Vocabulary subtest. Older children (aged 10–12) improved significantly on three of five literacy tests and on the WISC-IV Vocabulary subtest. On the short version of WISC-IV, vocabulary improvements over time reduced the proportion of children who could be classified as having ‘weak cognitive skills’ (IQ <85) from 54% to 36%. This finding is in line with results from other studies, indicating that scores from cognitive tests of pre-teen children in out-of-home care should not be regarded as fixed and can be improved by effective interventions.

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2014. Vol. 38, no 4, 361-373 p.
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paired reading, literacy, foster children, Sweden, UK
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110006DOI: 10.1177/0308575914553543OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-110006DiVA: diva2:767998
Available from: 2014-12-02 Created: 2014-12-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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