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ERIC Number: EJ914969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0268-1153
Health and Safety Intervention with First-Time Mothers
Culp, Anne McDonald; Culp, R. E.; Anderson, J. W.; Carter, S.
Health Education Research, v22 n2 p285-294 Apr 2007
A health education program was evaluated which used child development specialists as home visitors and served a population of first-time mothers living in rural communities. The evaluation compared health and safety outcomes between intervention and control groups. The research staff, separate from the intervention staff, collected data in the homes of 156 intervention and 107 control mothers when the infants were 6 and 12 months old. Significant group differences were found on health and safety outcomes. As compared with controls, the intervention mothers (i) had safer homes; (ii) were more likely to use birth control, thus had fewer pregnancies since birth of their first child; (iii) reported smoking fewer cigarettes; (iv) knew more about effects of smoking on their child's health and (v) were more likely to use health department services. In sum, mothers who received early education home visits from child development specialists experienced positive health and safety outcomes. It is highly recommended that a program such as this be implemented as part of health delivery program with new mothers and infants. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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