Parent-Child Book Reading Tied to Psychosocial Benefits

Book-reading interventions associated with improved psychosocial functioning in parents and children
Book-reading interventions associated with improved psychosocial functioning in parents and children

HealthDay News — Reading books together is associated with psychosocial benefits in both children and parents, according to a review published online March 27 in Pediatrics.

Qian-Wen Xie, from the University of Hong Kong, and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to identify randomized controlled trials assessing the effects of parent-child book reading (PCBR) interventions on the psychosocial functioning of children and parents. The authors included 19 interventions involving 3,264 families. 

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The researchers found that PCBR interventions improved the psychosocial functioning of children and parents compared with controls (standardized mean difference, 0.185). Between-group variance was associated with moderator variables: method of data collection (observation less than interview) and rater (reported by others less than self-reported). The effects of PCBR interventions on psychosocial outcomes of parents or children did not significantly differ.

"It seems prudent to consider the application of PCBR in improving the psychosocial well-being of families, especially those at high risk," the authors write.

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