Evaluation of a Healthy Families America (HFA) Programme: A Deeper Understanding (HFA) Programme: A Deeper Understanding

Whipple, E and Whyte, J 2010, 'Evaluation of a Healthy Families America (HFA) Programme: A Deeper Understanding (HFA) Programme: A Deeper Understanding', British Journal Of Social Work, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 407-425.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Evaluation of a Healthy Families America (HFA) Programme: A Deeper Understanding (HFA) Programme: A Deeper Understanding
Author(s) Whipple, E
Whyte, J
Year 2010
Journal name British Journal Of Social Work
Volume number 40
Issue number 2
Start page 407
End page 425
Total pages 19
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of a Healthy Families America (HFA) programme in meeting its goals and better understand the role of therapeutic alliance. Methods: One hundred and sixty-three families and their Family Support Worker (FSW) enrolled in an HFA programme completed five sets of measures over a five-year time frame. Results: Descriptive statistics provide a socio-demographic and programme involvement profile. Families demonstrated positive health and child development-related outcomes. Families improved in their ability to provide a positive home environment; children successfully met developmental milestones; and FSWs were highly effective in engaging families and creating a working alliance. Conclusions: Programme strengths and weaknesses are discussed within an international context with implications for future research in this area.
Keyword(s) alliance
child abuse
early intervention
evaluation
home visiting
prevention
DOI - identifier 10.1093/bjsw/bcn177
Copyright notice Copyright The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.
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