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Keywords:

  • family-centered practices;
  • relational helpgiving practices;
  • participatory helpgiving practices;
  • self-efficacy beliefs;
  • program satisfaction;
  • parenting capabilities;
  • parent well-being;
  • family functioning;
  • child behavior;
  • meta-analysis

Abstract

A meta-analysis of 47 studies investigating the relationship between family-centered helpgiving practices and parent, family, and child behavior and functioning is reported. The studies included more than 11,000 participants from seven different countries. Data analysis was guided by a practice-based theory of family-centered helpgiving that hypothesized direct effects of relational and participatory helpgiving practices on self-efficacy beliefs and parent, family, and child outcomes. Results showed that the largest majority of outcomes were related to helpgiving practices with the strongest influences on outcomes most proximal and contextual to help giver/help receiver exchanges. Findings are placed in the context of a broader-based social systems framework of early childhood intervention and family support. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc. MRDD Research Reviews 2007;13:370–378.