Download the full text: Wong_2022_Perscribing books for preschoolers under comprehensive service in Hong Kong East – a Pilot Study
core topic(s)Reach Out and Read (ROR)
Population CharacteristicsInfant/Newborn , International , Toddler/Preschool
Exposures, Outcomes, OtherChild Development (general) , Disparity/Adversity , Home Language/Literacy/Learning Environment , Mental Health , Positive Parenting
objectivesTo determine if book prescription by paediatrician at community-based clinics can improve literacy orientation and home literacy environment in high-risk families.
exposureReach Out and Read (ROR).
outcomes evaluatedLiteracy orientation and home literacy environment (HLE).
settingParents of children aged 6 to 30 months born from mothers suffering from active mental or mood disorder, substance misuse or teenage pregnancy under CCDS attending pediatric on-site clinic at Maternal & Child Health Centres (MCHC) in Hong Kong East, namely Chai Wan, Sai Wan Ho and North Point MCHC in April and May 2017.
methods70 at risk children under Comprehensive Child Development Service aged from 6 to 30 months received book prescription from April to December 2017. Questionnaires on reading aloud were completed by parents just before the intervention and then 6 months later.
sample sizen=70 (children)
Measures of Literacy Orientation and Home Environment: a questionnaire was designed with reference to assessment tools used in previous studies on literacy orientation, child-centered literacy orientation and home literacy environment. It contained 4 questions in Chinese (with English translation):
- Did you read aloud with your child in the past 24 hours?
- How many children books do you have at home?
- How many times do you read with your child per week in average?
- What are your child’s top three favourite activities?