HOME VISITATION SERVICES FOR AT-RISK PREGNANT AND POSTPARTUM WOMEN: A Randomized Trial

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  • Maureen O. Marcenko Ph.D,

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      Authors are at: Center for the Study of Youth Policy, School of Social Work. University of Pennsylvania (Marcenko); and Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program, Hahnemann University (Spence), Philadelphia.

  • Michael Spence M.D., M.P.H

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      Authors are at: Center for the Study of Youth Policy, School of Social Work. University of Pennsylvania (Marcenko); and Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program, Hahnemann University (Spence), Philadelphia.


  • A revised version of a paper submitted to the Journal in September 1993. Research was funded by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (90CB004-01) under the Abandoned Infants Assistance Program.

University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Youth Policy, 4200 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Abstract

A randomized trial tested the psychosocial efficacy of a home visitation model for women at risk of out-of-home placement of their newborns. After an average of ten months of exposure, the experimental group reported significantly increased social support, greater access to services, and decreased psychological distress. Implications of the findings for interventions with at-risk families are discussed.

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