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Evaluation of an Intervention Program for Families with Children at Risk for Maltreatment and Developmental Impairment: A Preliminary Study

Calheiros, M. M., Patrício, J. N., Graça, J. & Magalhães, E., 1-May-2018, In : Journal of Child and Family Studies. 27, 5, p. 1605-1613 9 p.

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  • Maria Manuela Calheiros
  • Joana Nunes Patrício
  • João Graça
  • Eunice Magalhães

This study evaluated the preliminary effects of an early intervention program for parents and children at-risk. In this study, a sample of 40 children were randomly assigned to a 9-months intervention program (intervention group, n = 20) or remained in usual practice conditions (control group, n = 20). The intervention involved group dynamics with children in pre-school and individual work sessions with the parents and the children at home. A repeated measures design 2 × 2 was used to test the program effects on parenting practices (Maltreatment Questionnaire) and on children’s mental and social development (Griffiths Mental Development Scales). Results revealed that the program had a positive impact mostly on parenting practices, decreasing physical and psychological abuse (d = −1.01), physical neglect (d = −0.71) and lack of supervision (d = −0.48), and also on measures of cognitive development (i.e., hearing and language; d = 0.31). The program reinforces the importance and effectiveness of attunement intervention programs for parents and for children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1605-1613
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume27
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1-May-2018
Externally publishedYes

    Keywords

  • Child development, Early intervention program, Parenting practices, Parents and children, Program evaluation

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