Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

Kay Cutler


This paper examined the mother-child relationship and its link to literacy development of preschool-aged children. The Attachment Q-Sort was used to measure mothers' representations of the attachment of children. Children's literacy development was measured by using a formal, standardized measure called the TERA-3. Thirty-seven mother-child dyads participated in the project. Parents were given developmentally appropriate instructions to improve the quality of interactions when reading with their children. Results indicated that there is a link between the quality of mother-child interactions and children's reading development. Intervention measures impacted the amount of literacy artifacts found in the home.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Early childhood education -- Parent participation.
Reading (Preschool)
Mother and child.


South Dakota State University



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