A meta-analysis of home visiting programs: Moderators of improvements in maternal behavior

M. Angela Nievar, Laurie A. Van Egeren, Sara Pollard

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A meta-analysis of home visiting programs for at-risk families (K = 35, N = 6,453) examined differences in the effects of programs on maternal behavior. On average, programs with more frequent visitation had higher success rates. The frequency of home visits explained significant variance of effect sizes among studies in the United States, with two visits per month predicting a small, substantive effect. Intensive programs or programs with at least three visits per month were more than twice as effective as were less intensive programs. Home visiting programs using nurses or mental health professionals as providers were not significantly more effective than were programs using paraprofessionals. In general, programs showed a positive effect on maternal behavior, but programs with frequent home visits were more successful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-520
Number of pages22
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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