My Baby & Me

Overview

This study evaluated the impact of the “My Baby and Me” parenting program, a home-based, preventive intervention targeting young mothers at high risk for child neglect. In this multisite, randomized, controlled clinical intervention trial, 272 high-risk mothers from diverse geographic communities were recruited during pregnancy and randomly assigned to either a high- or low- intensity intervention condition. The two-and-a-half year intervention included up to 51 home-based sessions that included multiple modules (e.g., establishing predictable, nurturing daily routines; education about child development, child health, and safety; teaching specific parent-child interaction strategies; adult problem solving/decision making; connecting with community resources).  The program was designed to enhance parenting competence, reduce neglect, and improve the well-being of mothers and children.

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