The Prevention of Child Maltreatment Through the Nurse Family Partnership Program: Mediating Effects in a Long-Term Follow-Up Study

John Eckenrode, Mary I. Campa, Pamela A. Morris, Charles R. Henderson, Kerry E. Bolger, Harriet Kitzman, David L. Olds

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Abstract

We examine maternal life-course mediators of the impact of a nurse home visitation program on reducing child maltreatment among participants in the Elmira trial of the Nurse Family Partnership program from the first child’s birth through age 15. For women having experienced low to moderate levels of domestic violence, program effects on the number of confirmed maltreatment reports were mediated by reductions in numbers of subsequent children born to mothers and their reported use of public assistance. Together, the two mediators explained nearly one half of the total effect of nurse home visiting on child maltreatment. The long-term success of this program on reducing child maltreatment can be explained, at least in part, by its positive effect on pregnancy planning and economic self-sufficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-99
Number of pages8
JournalChild Maltreatment
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • child maltreatment
  • evidence-based treatment
  • home visiting
  • intervention
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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