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Pilot Evaluation of a Home Visit Parent Training Program in Disadvantaged Families

Pilot Evaluation of a Home Visit Parent Training Program in Disadvantaged Families

Abstract

child behavior child learning parenting Chinese home visit RSWsprswResearch on Social Work Practice1049-73151552-7581SAGE PublicationsSage CA: Los Angeles, CA10.1177/104973151348237810.1177_1049731513482378Research ArticlesPilot Evaluation of a Home Visit Parent Training Program in Disadvantaged FamiliesLeungCynthia1TsangSandra2HeungKitty31Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong2Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong3Tuen Mun Integrated Services Center, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, New Territories, Hong KongCynthia Leung, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Email: ssleung@polyu.edu.hk72013234397406© The Author(s) 20132013SAGE PublicationsObjectives:The study reported the pilot evaluation of the Healthy Start Home Visit Program for disadvantaged Chinese parents with preschool children, delivered by trained parent assistants. Home visiting was used to make services more accessible to disadvantaged families.Method:The participants included 21 parent–child dyads. Outcome measures included parent report, teacher report, and direct assessment of children.Results:Paired samples t-test results indicated significant increase in child cognitive measures, child school readiness, child oral health practices; decreases in child sedentary activities, child home injury, and hospital visits; decreases in parenting stress and child behavior problems and increases in social support. The parent assistants delivering the program reported significant decreases in child behavior problems and
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