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Stony Brook Family Reading Survey (SBFRS)


Access: FREE/Open Access

evaluation focus

Parent Attitudes and Behaviors towards Facilitating Intellectual/Academic Growth

applicable ages

Grade: Preschool

available language(s)



Must be purchased


The Stony Brook Family Reading Survey (SBFRS) is an instrument that can be used to measure parental behaviors and attitudes that promote the intellectual and/or academic growth of preschool aged children. The SBFRS has been used in past research as a measure of home literacy environment (HLE).


Sample Questions:

    • frequency of book reading
    • age of the child when parents began reading to him/her
    • number of books in the home
    • frequency of library visits
    • the child’s reading interest (i.e., the frequency with which the child reads and requests a parent to read to him/her)
    • parent interest in 50 reading

Administration Format: print questionnaire


Source: http://www.worldcat.org/title/handbook-of-family-measurement-techniques/

Source: http://tam.rc.usf.edu/node/2689

Source: “Home Literacy Factors Affecting Emergent Literacy Skills” by Robyn Valerie Cassel (nova.edu)

supporting literature

Touliatos, J., Perlmutter, B.F., Straus, M.A. (2001) Handbook of Family Measurement Techniques. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California. Print.
Link: https://www.worldcat.org/title/301660643

Payne, A.C., Whitehurst, G.J., & Angell, A.L. (1994). The Role of Home Literacy Environment in the Development of Language Ability in Preschool Children from Low-Income Families. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 9, 427-440.
PDF: SBFRS – 2 – Payne 1994
Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0885200694900183

Bojczyk, K.E., Haverback, H.R., Pae, H.K. (2018) Investigating Maternal Self-Efficacy and Home Learning Environment of Families Enrolled in Head Start. Early Childhood Education Journal, 46, 169-178.
PDF: SBFRS – 3 – Bojczyk 2018
Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10643-017-0853-y