With funding from the Pew Center on the States, we conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of the My Baby and Me Project--an early, intensive parenting intervention--originally designed to prevent child abuse and neglect. In the Pew project, we developed a comparative effectiveness trial with at-risk children to examine a wide range of maternal and child outcomes at age 5 to address the following three major research questions: (1) Does an intensive, comprehensive, early parenting intervention--beginning during pregnancy and lasting 2 1/2 years--significantly improve children's language, cognition, and socioemotional development? More specifically, does maternal participation in the high- vs. low-intensity (or control) conditions of the My Baby and Me intervention program improve preschool readiness? (2) Do acquired parenting skills developed from birth to age 2 1/2 for mothers in the high- and low-intensity conditions relate to their children's preparedness for entrance into the formal school environment at age 5? (3) Do high-risk mothers who participated in the high- and low-intensity conditions differ in the frequency of CPS-reported child neglect as well as the variety of family outcomes (e.g., fertility, educational attainment, partner stability and workforce participation)? (author abstract)
An early, intensive parenting intervention to prevent child neglect: Five year mother-child outcomes
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