This evaluation, a randomized, controlled trial of Healthy Families Massachusetts (HFM), a statewide child maltreatment prevention home visiting program for first-time young parents, examined the program's impact on child maltreatment and parenting in a sample of young mothers (N = 687) of infants and toddlers. The study addressed three research questions: (1) Is participation in HFM associated with more optimal parenting and lower rates of child maltreatment? (2) Do characteristics of individuals or their contexts moderate the relation between program and parenting? and (3) For mothers enrolled in the program, is there an association between program utilization and parenting? An introduction to the program, description of study methods, and highlights of the evaluation's key findings follow. (author abstract)
Initial findings from a randomized, controlled trial of Healthy Families Massachusetts: Early program impacts on young mothers' parenting [Executive summary]
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