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Improving adolescent parenting: results from a randomized controlled trial of a home visiting program for young families

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dc.contributor.author Jacobs, F., Easterbrooks, M. A., Goldberg, J., Mistry, J., Bumgarner, E., Raskin, M., ... & Fauth, R.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-25T20:53:11Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-25T20:53:11Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Jacobs, F., Easterbrooks, M. A., Goldberg, J., Mistry, J., Bumgarner, E., Raskin, M., ... & Fauth, R. (2016). Improving adolescent parenting: results from a randomized controlled trial of a home visiting program for young families. American journal of public health, (0), e1-e8. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://childrenstrustma.org/uploads/files/AJPH_2015_302919-2.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2696
dc.description.abstract Objectives: Our aim was to estimate the effects of Healthy Families Massachusetts, a statewide home visiting program serving first-time adolescent parents, on parenting, child development, educational attainment, family planning, and maternal health and well-being. Methods: We used a randomized controlled trial design to randomly assign the 704 participants to a group receiving home visiting services or a control group. Between 2008 and 2012, telephone and in-person interviews were conducted and administrative data obtained at 12 and 24 months after enrollment. Intention-to treat analyses compared group differences across 5 outcome domains: parenting, child health and development, educational and economic achievement, family planning, and parental health and well-being. Results: The home visiting program had a positive influence on parenting stress, college attendance, condom use, intimate partner violence, and engagement in risky behaviors. No negative findings were observed. Conclusions: A paraprofessional home visiting program specifically targeting young mothers appears effective in domains of particular salience to young parents and their infants and toddlers. Expanding participation in the program appears a worthy goal for program administrators and policymakers. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher American journal of public health, en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject prevention en_US
dc.subject teen mothers en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Improving adolescent parenting: results from a randomized controlled trial of a home visiting program for young families en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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