• Vol 23, No 1 (2019)
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Factors Predicting Reading in Indonesian Adolescents

Chysanti Arumsari, Bernard Amadeus Jaya Jap, Sri Tiatri, Tjibeng Jap


Publish at : 02 Aug 2019
Hubs-Asia : Hubs-Asia Vol 23, No 1 (2019)
DOI : 10.7454/hubs.asia.1110119


Cite this article as:
Arumsari, C., Jap, B.A.J., Tiatri, S., & Jap, T. (2019). Factors Predicting Reading in Indonesian Adolescents. Makara Human Behavior Studies In Asia, 23(1), 34-45. DOI:10.7454/hubs.asia.1110119
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Chysanti Arumsari - Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424, Indonesia
- Science, Technology, and Society Research Group, Universitas Tarumanagara, Jakarta 11440, Indonesia
Bernard Amadeus Jaya Jap - IDEALAB - Center for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen, Groningen 9700 AB, The Netherlands
- Science, Technology, and Society Research Group, Universitas Tarumanagara, Jakarta 11440, Indonesia
Sri Tiatri - Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Tarumanagara, Jakarta 11440, Indonesia
- Science, Technology, and Society Research Group, Universitas Tarumanagara, Jakarta 11440, Indonesia
Tjibeng Jap - Faculty of Information Technology, Universitas Tarumanagara, Jakarta 11440, Indonesia
- Science, Technology, and Society Research Group, Universitas Tarumanagara, Jakarta 11440, Indonesia
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The current study investigates predictors of reading abilities of adolescents in Standard Indonesian (SI). Reading predictors typically signify, with some degree of error, essential cognitive skills needed for individuals to read effectively. This is crucial since itforms a key part of the initial steps to assess or identify reading-related language impairments such as dyslexia. In addition to measures of reading itself and nonverbal intelligence, the present research examines six empirically motivated potential predictors of reading and decoding:phonological awareness; phonological short-term memory; verbal and semantic fluency; rapid automated naming (RAN); motor control; familial risk; and, self-reported factors. The results show that RAN is a dominant predictor among the other factors that were considered in adolescent SI speakers. The results also show strong support for the notion that the importance of RAN increases as children age. Moreover, it is consistent with previous studies that have argued that RAN is a vital predictor of reading development in transparent orthographies.