Research Article
Investigation of Parents’ Early Literacy Beliefs in the Context of Turkey through the Parent Reading Belief Inventory (PRBI)

Ayten Iflazoglu Saban , Naime Feyza Altinkamis, Ebru Deretarla Gul

APA 6th edition
Saban, A.I., Altinkamis, N.F., & Gul, E.D. (2018). Investigation of Parents’ Early Literacy Beliefs in the Context of Turkey through the Parent Reading Belief Inventory (PRBI). European Journal of Educational Research, 7(4), 985-997. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.7.4.985

Saban A.I., Altinkamis N.F., and Gul E.D. 2018 'Investigation of Parents’ Early Literacy Beliefs in the Context of Turkey through the Parent Reading Belief Inventory (PRBI)', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 985-997. Available from:

Chicago 16th edition
Saban, Ayten Iflazoglu , Altinkamis, Naime Feyza and Gul, Ebru Deretarla . "Investigation of Parents’ Early Literacy Beliefs in the Context of Turkey through the Parent Reading Belief Inventory (PRBI)". (2018)European Journal of Educational Research 7, no. 4(2018): 985-997. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.7.4.985


This paper aims to test the reliability and validity of the Turkish adaptation of DeBaryshe and Binder's Parent Reading Belief Inventory (PRBI) and to investigate parents' literacy beliefs. The primary focus of this paper is to explore parents’ beliefs and practices and their relatedness on the emergent literacy of their children aged 3–7 (M=69.8 months; SD= 9.33 months). As data collection tools, we availed ourselves of the Parent Reading Belief Inventory,(PRBI), Home Literacy Inventory (HLI) and Child Literacy Behaviours (CLB). In addition, the Personal Information Form, prepared by the researchers, was utilized. Moreover, confirmatory factor analyses were performed on samples of parents from Adana, a city in southern Turkey (N= 952). The study showed that a seven-factor structure in the original form of the PRBI was validated , excluding items 8, 30 and 31. Consistent with the results of the confirmatory factor analysis and reliability analysis, it can be concluded that the PRBI is a valid and reliable tool to investigate the process of parents' literacy activities with their children in Turkey.

Keywords: Child literacy behaviours, parents’ literacy beliefs, parent reading belief inventory, maternal literacy practice, parent-child interaction


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