ERIC Number: ED464714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Still Going Strong: A Tracer Study of the Community Mothers Programme, Dublin, Ireland. Early Childhood Development: Practice and Reflections. Following Footsteps.
Home visiting is the strategy used by the Community Mothers Programme to enhance parenting skills of first-time mothers from economically disadvantaged areas in Dublin, Ireland. The home visitors are all women from the community who volunteer to visit parents in their homes once a month for 1 hour over a 12-month period. In a 1989 evaluation, 232 first-time mothers were randomly selected to be in either a group receiving the program or in a control group that did not. The study, conducted when their infants were 1-year-old, showed favorable outcomes for the program families compared with control families in areas such as maternal self-esteem, maternal and child nutrition, developmental stimulation, maternal morale and well-being, and immunization. Seven years later, when the children were age 8, a follow-up study traced one-third of the families from the 1990 study. A major finding was the persistence of superior parenting skills among the program families. Children whose mothers had been in the program were more likely to read books, to visit the library regularly, and to have better nutritional intake than children in the control group. Mothers had higher levels of self-esteem. They were also more likely to oppose smacking their child, to have developed strategies to help them and their children deal with conflict, to enjoy participating in their children's games, to have better nutritional intake, and to express positive feelings about motherhood. (The follow-up study questionnaire is appended. Contains 11 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Early Intervention, Economically Disadvantaged, Followup Studies, Foreign Countries, Home Programs, Home Visits, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Program Effectiveness, Volunteers, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: Ireland (Dublin)