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ERIC Number: ED430699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-16
Pages: 14
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Longitudinal Outcomes from the Family Development Research Program.
Honig, Alice Sterling
The Family Development Research Program (FDRP) was an omnibus effort to serve low-income, low education families by providing education, nutrition, health, safety, and human service resources for the 108 families initially recruited. This paper describes the program and summarizes findings from the longitudinal evaluation. Home visitors provided advocacy, information, and support for mothers and their infants from before the child's birth until the child was 5 years old. Infants were provided child care from the age of 6 months onward. Findings from the 10-year follow-up indicated that, compared with contrast youth, more of the FDRP youths expressed a liking for their own physical and personal attributes; and they were also more likely to see themselves in a schooling situation 5 years in the future. Contrast youth were more likely than FDRP youth to say that the worst thing about school was trouble that one could get into. The strongest findings of the 10-year follow-up were for juvenile delinquency. Only 6 percent of FDRP youth, compared to 22 percent of contrast youth, were processed as probation cases by the County Probation Department; contrast youth also had more serious offenses. Juvenile court costs per child were less for FDRP youth than for contrast youth. Although there were no educational differences between FDRP males and contrast males, FDRP females had better grades and fewer school absences than did contrast females. Due to difficulties in locating the adults from the contrast group, data are not available to contrast current adult functioning. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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