ERIC Number: ED462186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
National Evaluation of Family Support Programs. Final Report Volume A: The Meta-Analysis.
Layzer, Jean I.; Goodson, Barbara D.; Bernstein, Lawrence; Price, Cristofer
This volume is part of the final report of the National Evaluation of Family Support Programs and details findings from a meta-analysis of extant research on programs providing family support services. Chapter A1 of this volume provides a rationale for using meta-analysis. Chapter A2 describes the steps of preparation for the meta-analysis. Chapter A3 describes the 260 programs or interventions represented in the meta-analysis, examines their representativeness by comparing them with 167 family support programs that were not evaluated, describes characteristics of the studies included in the analysis, and compares them with excluded studies. Chapter A4 describes the analytic approach to answering the central research questions regarding the impact of family support services on selected child and adult outcomes and the program or treatment characteristics related to impacts. Chapter A5 details the findings of the meta-analysis. The analysis revealed that programs providing family support services had small but statistically significant average short-term effects on child cognitive development and school performance, child social and emotional development, child health, child safety, parent attitudes and knowledge, parenting behavior, family functioning, parental mental health and health risk behaviors, and economic well-being. Associated with stronger child outcomes were programs that targeted special needs children. Associated with less strong child outcomes were programs that used home visiting as their primary method of working with parents. Programs with the largest parent effects focused on developing parents' skills as effective adults: self-confidence, self-empowerment, family management, and parenting. (Contains 59 data exhibits and 26 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Children, Effect Size, Family Programs, Family (Sociological Unit), Meta Analysis, National Surveys, Outcomes of Treatment, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
For full text: http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/core/pubs_reports/famsup /fa m_sup_vol_a.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.; Yale Univ., New Haven, CT.