Early home visitation in families at risk for child maltreatment

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Early home visitation in families at risk for child maltreatment

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Early home visitation in families at risk for child maltreatment
Author: Bouwmeester-Landweer, Merian Bride Rafael
Publisher: Department Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine / Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Leiden University
Issue Date: 2006-05-18
Keywords: Child Maltreatment
Child Abuse
Risk Factors
Parent-child interaction
Home Visiting
Primary Prevention
Early Intervention
Abstract: Raising a child is no easy task. Nevertheless Dutch parents do not get offered help with childrearing untill they ask for it or demonstrable problems have developed – at the expense of the child. Particularly parents with ‘excess bagage’ – for instance a troubled childhood, personal problems or a small social network – may benefit from preventive childrearing support to avoid psychosocial problems in their children or even child maltreatment. Such support, consisting of six homevisits during the first 18 months after birth, provided to families with an increased risk for childrearing difficulties by a trained nurse from a Well Baby Clinic has been researched in this study. Through a brief questionnaire 14% of all 9000 parents were found to be at risk. A total of 500 families participated, half of them received home visits, the other half received regular care. After two years both parents and children display better outcomes due to the home visits and the risk for child maltreatment has decreased. One mother said: “It is liberating to discuss your problems with a stranger in the safe environment of your own home. I am now seeing a psychologist which has very positive consequences both for me ánd my family”.
Description: Promotores: J.M. Wit, H.E.M. Baartman, Co-promotores: N.P.J. Kousemaker, F.W. Dekker
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: LUMC
Citation: Bouwmeester-Landweer, M.B.R., 2006, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9090205888
Sponsor: Zorg Onderzoek Nederland (ZonMw) Stichting Centraal Fonds RVVZ Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland Fonds 1818 Stichting Zorg & Zekerheid
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/4396

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