Implementation of evidence-based home visiting programs aimed at reducing child maltreatment: A meta-analytic review

Published on Mar 1, 2016in Child Abuse & Neglect2.85
· DOI :10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.10.009
Katherine L. Casillas3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Colorado Denver),
Angèle Fauchier2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Colorado Denver)
+ 1 AuthorsEdward F. Garrido12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Colorado Denver)
In recent years there has been an increase in the popularity of home visitation programs as a means of addressing risk factors for child maltreatment. The evidence supporting the effectiveness of these programs from several meta-analyses, however, is mixed. One potential explanation for this inconsistency explored in the current study involves the manner in which these programs were implemented. In the current study we reviewed 156 studies associated with 9 different home visitation program models targeted to caregivers of children between the ages of 0 and 5. Meta-analytic techniques were used to determine the impact of 18 implementation factors (e.g., staff selection, training, supervision, fidelity monitoring, etc.) and four study characteristics (publication type, target population, study design, comparison group) in predicting program outcomes. Results from analyses revealed that several implementation factors, including training, supervision, and fidelity monitoring, had a significant effect on program outcomes, particularly child maltreatment outcomes. Study characteristics, including the program's target population and the comparison group employed, also had a significant effect on program outcomes. Implications of the study's results for those interested in implementing home visitation programs are discussed. A careful consideration and monitoring of program implementation is advised as a means of achieving optimal study results.
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Published on Mar 1, 2017in Journal of Early Childhood Research
Amber L. Brown4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UTA: University of Texas at Arlington),
Joohi Lee8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UTA: University of Texas at Arlington)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program when implemented within Head Start programs by measuring children’s language proficiency scores. Participants were kindergarteners concurrently enrolled in both a Head Start program and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program along with a comparison group of kindergarteners only enrolled in a Head Start program. According to the results of the chi-sq...
Published on Apr 1, 2015in Maternal and Child Health Journal1.74
Gloria Giarratano8
Estimated H-index: 8
(LSU: Louisiana State University),
Emily W. Harville23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Tulane University)
+ 2 AuthorsCharlotte Parent1
Estimated H-index: 1
Publicly funded programs and safety net organizations have key roles during post disaster recovery to care for vulnerable populations, including pregnant women with low resources. The objective of this study was to compare the health of prenatal women who accessed the New Orleans Healthy Start program to those women who only used traditional prenatal care (PNC) during long-term recovery from the Hurricane Katrina disaster. During 2010–2012, this descriptive, cross-sectional study recruited 402 p...
Published on Feb 1, 2015in American Journal of Psychiatry13.65
Allison Barlow14
Estimated H-index: 14
Britta Mullany15
Estimated H-index: 15
+ 9 AuthorsCleve Redmond38
Estimated H-index: 38
Objective:The Affordable Care Act provides funding for home-visiting programs to reduce health care disparities, despite limited evidence that existing programs can overcome implementation and evaluation challenges with at-risk populations. The authors report 36-month outcomes of the paraprofessional-delivered Family Spirit home-visiting intervention for American Indian teen mothers and children.Method:Expectant American Indian teens (N=322, mean age=18.1 years) from four southwestern reservatio...
Published on Sep 1, 2014in Children and Youth Services Review1.68
Beth L. Green18
Estimated H-index: 18
(PSU: Portland State University),
Jerod M. Tarte3
Estimated H-index: 3
+ 2 AuthorsMary Beth Sanders2
Estimated H-index: 2
Home visiting programs are a promising early prevention model for improving parenting and reducing children's risk for child maltreatment. However, randomized studies of widely implemented (scalable) home visiting models targeting infants and toddlers remain relatively scarce. Moreover, few studies provide much-needed information about whether home visiting services may be differentially effective for families with different social, demographic, and other characteristics. As part of a larger ran...
Published on Sep 1, 2014in JAMA Pediatrics12.00
David L. Olds46
Estimated H-index: 46
(CU: University of Colorado Boulder),
Harriet Kitzman42
Estimated H-index: 42
(UR: University of Rochester)
+ 3 AuthorsRobert Cole27
Estimated H-index: 27
(UR: University of Rochester)
RESULTS The mean (SE) 21-year maternal all-cause mortality rate was 3.7% (0.74%) in the combined control group (treatments 1 and 2), 0.4% (0.43%) in treatment 3, and 2.2% (0.97%) in treatment 4. The survival contrast of treatments 1 and 2 combined with treatment 3 was significant (P = .007); the contrast of treatments 1 and 2 combined with treatment 4 was not significant (P = .19), and the contrast of treatments 1 and 2 combined with treatments 3 and 4 combined was significant (post hoc P = .008...
Published on Jul 1, 2014in Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health1.69
Michael G. Sawyer48
Estimated H-index: 48
(University of Adelaide),
Sara Pfeiffer3
Estimated H-index: 3
+ 3 AuthorsJohn Lynch79
Estimated H-index: 79
(University of Adelaide)
Michael G Sawyer, Sara Pfeiffer, Alyssa Sawyer, Kerrie Bowering, Debra Jeffs, and John Lynch
Published on Jun 1, 2014in Midwifery2.05
Jamila Mejdoubi4
Estimated H-index: 4
(VUmc: VU University Medical Center),
Silvia C. C. M. van den Heijkant4
Estimated H-index: 4
(VUmc: VU University Medical Center)
+ 3 AuthorsRemy A. Hirasing16
Estimated H-index: 16
(VUmc: VU University Medical Center)
Abstract Objective antenatal smoking is more prevalent among young women with low socio-economic status. The aim of our study is to assess whether the VoorZorg programme, compared to usual care, is effective in reducing cigarette smoking among young high risk pregnant women. Furthermore, the effect of VoorZorg on pregnancy outcomes and on breast feeding will be described. Design a randomised controlled trial of VoorZorg, a nurse home visitation intervention, was undertaken over a 2½ year period ...
Published on May 1, 2014in Developmental Psychology3.34
Cathy L. Guttentag6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston),
Susan H. Landry42
Estimated H-index: 42
(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)
+ 10 AuthorsRobin Gaines Lanzi12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Georgetown University)
This study examined the efficacy of a multimodule parenting intervention, “My Baby & Me,” that began prenatally and continued until children reached 2.5 years of age. The intervention targeted specific parenting skills designed to alter trajectories of maternal and child development. Of 361 high-risk mothers (193 adolescents, 168 adults) enrolled across 4 states, half were randomly assigned to the high-intensity (HI) home visitation coaching program (55 sessions), and half to a low-intensity (LI...
Published on Feb 1, 2014in American Journal of Public Health5.38
Katherine Yun11
Estimated H-index: 11
Arina Chesnokova2
Estimated H-index: 2
+ 3 AuthorsDavid M. Rubin23
Estimated H-index: 23
Objectives. We examined the impact of a maternal–child home visitation program on birth spacing for first-time Latina mothers, focusing on adolescents and women who identified as Mexican or Puerto Rican.Methods. This was a retrospective cohort study. One thousand Latina women enrolled in the Pennsylvania Nurse–Family Partnership between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2007, were matched to nonenrolled Latina women using propensity scores. The primary outcome was the time to second pregnancy th...
Published on Feb 1, 2014in American Journal of Public Health5.38
Catherine L. Kothari10
Estimated H-index: 10
(WMU: Western Michigan University),
Ruth Zielinski9
Estimated H-index: 9
(WMU: Western Michigan University)
+ 2 AuthorsLuz del Carmen Sweezy2
Estimated H-index: 2
Objectives. We determined whether participation in Healthy Babies Healthy Start (HBHS), a maternal health program emphasizing racial equity and delivering services through case management home visitation, was associated with improved birth outcomes for Black women relative to White women.Methods. We used a matched-comparison posttest-only design in which we selected the comparison group using propensity score matching. Study data were generated through secondary analysis of Michigan state- and K...
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Published on Jun 1, 2019in Children and Youth Services Review1.68
Laura L. Nathans4
Estimated H-index: 4
(PSU: Pennsylvania State University),
Sukhdeep Gill1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Penn State York)
+ 1 AuthorsMark T. Greenberg97
Estimated H-index: 97
(PSU: Pennsylvania State University)
Abstract Home visitation programs are recognized as a preferred model for delivering services to children, parents, and families identified as at-risk. This study compares home visitors' ( N = 82) perceptions of their job readiness, initial training, supervision and support, commitment to the intervention model, and job satisfaction from ten sites that included Nurse–Family Partnership (NFP), Early Head Start (EHS), and Healthy Family America (HFA) programs. Results revealed differences among th...
Published on Aug 20, 2019in Prevention Science2.85
Emily E. Haroz10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Johns Hopkins University),
Allison Ingalls (Johns Hopkins University)+ 4 AuthorsAllison Barlow14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Johns Hopkins University)
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program was reauthorized February 8, 2018, and invests $2 billion over 5 years to improve mothers’ and children’s outcomes across the life course. Along with this investment, the home-visiting field is striving for implementation innovations to deliver the greatest impact to the most families at the most efficient cost through a focus on precision home visiting. Consistent with the precision home-visiting approach to identify meaningful sub...
Published on 2019in Child Maltreatment4.05
Allison West2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Johns Hopkins University),
Sarah Dauber + 3 AuthorsJane Daniels1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Johns Hopkins University)
Substance-exposed newborns (SENs) are at increased risk of child maltreatment, out-of-home placement, and poor health and developmental outcomes. The purpose of this systematic review is to synthes...
Published on 2019in Tradition
Callie H. Lambarth (PSU: Portland State University), Beth L. Green18
Estimated H-index: 18
(PSU: Portland State University)
Published on Mar 20, 2019in European Journal of Public Health2.23
Karen Hughes29
Estimated H-index: 29
(Bangor University),
Mark A Bellis36
Estimated H-index: 36
(Bangor University)
+ 15 AuthorsLarisa Boderscova
Published on Feb 24, 2019in Child Maltreatment4.05
Anne S. Morrow3
Estimated H-index: 3
(FIU: Florida International University),
Miguel T. Villodas11
Estimated H-index: 11
(SDSU: San Diego State University),
Moira K. Cunius (SDSU: San Diego State University)
This study aimed to prospectively identify ecological risk factors for juvenile arrest in a sample of youth at risk for maltreatment. Chi-Squared Automatic Interaction Detector analysis was performed with data from 592 youth from the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect to identify the optimal combination of age 14 predictors of past-year arrest at age 16. Results extended previous research, which has identified being male, having more conduct disorder symptoms, suspension from school...
Published on Mar 9, 2019in American Journal of Community Psychology1.78
David Schultz11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UMBC: University of Maryland, Baltimore County),
Rebecca L. Schacht13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UMBC: University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
+ 7 AuthorsCarlo C. DiClemente68
Estimated H-index: 68
(UMBC: University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
Published on Apr 1, 2019in Children and Youth Services Review1.68
Michel Lahti1
Estimated H-index: 1
(RIC: Rhode Island College),
Caroline Bill Robertson Evans1
Estimated H-index: 1
(RIC: Rhode Island College)
+ 2 AuthorsCraig Winston LeCroy20
Estimated H-index: 20
(ASU: Arizona State University)
The time from conception to young childhood is crucial in terms of brain-, social-, emotional-, and cognitive-development. Given the impact that parenting has on child developmental outcomes, home-visiting programs may be a viable means of improving parenting and thus increasing positive child developmental outcomes. Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a home visitation program that promotes parenting skills and abilities to improve parenting skills and child development outcomes. The current study use...