Parent Reading Belief Inventory (PRBI)

The Parent Reading Belief Inventory (PRBI) is a self-reporting instrument that assess parents' beliefs about the frequency, quality, and importance of their child's literacy activities. The 42-item instrument provides seven subscales: positive affect, verbal participation, resources, teaching efficacy, knowledge base, environmental input, and reading instruction.



Positive affect; verbal participation; resources; teaching efficacy; knowledge base; environmental input; reading instruction

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Access and Use

Instrument Use in Peer-Reviewed Studies

Wu, Chu-Chu, and Alice Sterling Honig. 2010. “Taiwanese Mothers’ Beliefs about Reading Aloud with Preschoolers: Findings from the Parent Reading Belief Inventory.” Early Child Development and Care 180 (5): 647–69

Rodriguez, Barbara L., Carol Scheffner Hammer, and Frank R. Lawrence. 2009. “Parent Reading Belief Inventory: Reliability and Validity with a Sample of Mexican American Mothers.” Early Education and Development 20 (5): 826–44.

Boomstra, Nienke, Marijn van Dijk, René Jorna, and Paul van Geert. 2013. “Parent Reading Beliefs and Parenting Goals of Netherlands Antillean and Dutch Mothers in the Netherlands.” Early Child Development and Care 183 (11): 1605–24.


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Resources on Psychometric Properties

DeBaryshe, Barbara D., and Janeen C. Binder. 1994. “Development of an Instrument for Measuring Parental Beliefs about Reading Aloud to Young Children.” Perceptual and Motor Skills 78 (3_suppl): 1303–11.

Gonzalez, Jorge E., Aaron B. Taylor, Matthew J. Davis, and Minjung Kim. 2013. “Exploring the Underlying Factor Structure of the Parent Reading Belief Inventory (PRBI): Some Caveats.” Early Education and Development 24 (2): 123–37.

Saban, Ayten Iflazoglu, Naime Feyza Altinkamis, and Ebru Deretarla Gul. 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): 985–97.