From ABCs to DVDs: Profiles of infants' home media environments in the first two years of life

Suzanne E. Mol, Susan B. Neuman, Gabrielle A. Strouse

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The very definition of print exposure has evolved in recent years as has the production of new media for infants and toddlers. Recognising that parents now have a confluence of media to select from, our study was designed to provide a richer understanding of home-literacy environments among 100 infants. Three profiles of families' home media environments emerged: (1) media abstainers, who neither knew much about baby books and DVDs nor owned them; (2) media knowers, who knew about baby books and DVDs, but chose to own many books and hardly any DVDs; and (3) media owners, who owned many baby books and DVDs, but appeared to have little knowledge about them. Parents who were readers themselves owned more baby books but fewer baby DVDs than parents with less print exposure. Results suggest a more complex understanding of print exposure in home environments than previously understood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1250-1266
Number of pages17
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014



  • baby media
  • family profiles
  • home-literacy environment
  • infants
  • parent engagement
  • print exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics

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