Assessing Change in Families Following the Home-Start Parenting Program: Clinical Significance and Predictors of Change

Authors


*Jessica J. Asscher is a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Research Centre Psychosocial Development in Context at the Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80140, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands (j.j.asscher@uu.nl).

Maja Deković is a full professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Research Centre Psychosocial Development in Context at the Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80140, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands (m.dekovic@uu.nl).

Peter Prinzie is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Research Centre Psychosocial Development in Context at the Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80140, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands (p.prinzie@uu.nl).

Jo M.A. Hermanns is a full professor in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 94208, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands (j.m.a.hermanns@uva.nl).

Abstract

Abstract: The aim of the present study was to examine whether improvements obtained after a home-based parenting intervention reflected meaningful and significant changes for a sample of Dutch mothers. The results showed that Home-Start mothers demonstrated reliable changes in well-being and enhanced parenting behaviors compared to both a comparison and a norm group of mothers. At posttest, a substantial number (39 – 84%) of the Home-Start mothers functioned at a level equivalent to that of a community group. The most reliable improvement was found with mothers experiencing the most severe problems at pretest, whereas the most recovery was reported for mothers with the fewest problems at pretest.

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