ERIC Number: ED164083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Family-Oriented Home Visiting Program: A Longitudinal Study.
Gray, Susan W.; Ruttle, Kristi
Fifty-one low-income families, each with a toddler, plus at least one other child under age 5, participated in a 5-year home-based intervention study designed to help mothers become more effective educational change agents. One group received a 9-month treatment specifically designed for the needs and characteristics of the individual families; another received a generic treatment focused chiefly on materials; a third served as a control. Half the experimental mothers had an additional 9-month treatment of less frequent contacts. Mothers and children were pretested on a range of instruments relating to maternal and child competency and posttested at three time points following treatment. Results tended to be modestly positive with mothers and toddlers, although not with the other children. Positive effects, when found, were as great at the third posttest as at the immediate one. The study is discussed in the context of the logistic and methodological issues involved in longitudinal intervention research with low-income families in the 1970's. (Author/SE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A