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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1994 Jul;64(3):468-78.

Home visitation services for at-risk pregnant and postpartum women: a randomized trial.

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Center for the Study of Youth Policy, School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.


A randomized trial tested the psychosocial efficacy of a home visitation model for women at risk of out-of-home placement of their newborns. After an average of ten months of exposure, the experimental group reported significantly increased social support, greater access to services, and decreased psychological distress. Implications of the findings for interventions with at-risk families are discussed.

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