The Associations between Early Maternal Language Use and School Readiness among Young Children of Asian and Hispanic Immigrant Mothers in the United States

아시아계와 남미계 미국인 이민자 엄마의 언어 사용과 학령 전 아동의 학교준비도 사이의 관계

  • 이래혁 (순천향대학교 향설나눔대학)
  • Received : 2018.08.23
  • Accepted : 2018.11.08
  • Published : 2018.11.28


This study examined how early maternal language use was associated with school readiness at kindergarten entry among children of Asian or Hispanic immigrant mothers in the United States. Using a nationally representative sample from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B; $N{\approx}1,500$), this study estimates multivariate regression models to address each research question. This study finds generally advantages of maternal use of English and bilingualism for children's expressive language in both Asian and Hispanic groups and for children's pro-social behavior in the Asian group. It also finds that longer residency in the U.S. is associated with higher levels of approaches to learning for children of bilingual Asian mothers and lower levels of behavior problems for children of bilingual Hispanic mothers. Based on the findings, social work implications for the healthy development of young children of immigrants were discussed.


Maternal Language Use;School Readiness;Cognitive Development;Socio-emotional;Asian Immigrant Mothers;Hispanic Immigrant Mothers

Table 1. Maternal Language Use and Cognitive Development among Children of Asian and Hispanic Immigrant Mothers

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Table 2. Maternal Language Use and Socio-emotional Development among Children of Asian and Hispanic Immigrant Mothers

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