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Child Welfare. 2005 Jul-Aug;84(4):459-81.

Enhancing parent-child interaction during foster care visits: experimental assessment of an intervention.

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School of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.


Mothers of young children recently placed in foster care participated in an intervention to enhance parent-child interaction during visits. The mothers all reported substantial loss and trauma histories. Immediately prior to the visits, the mothers were coached on strategies for separating from their children at the visit's end. The mothers displayed more behavioral strategies for supporting their children when the visit was over, but were less engaged with their children during the leave-taking sequence and displayed fewer ways of maintaining the child's involvement in mother-child interaction during leave-taking than those in a comparison group. This article discusses consideration of parents' trauma history in designing interventions to enhance parent-child interaction.

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