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The Effects of Home Visiting on Mother-Child Interactions: Evidence from Dynamic Micro-Level Data

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  • Gabriella Conti
  • Stavros Poupakis
  • Malte Sandner
  • Sören Kliem

Abstract

This study examines the effects of a home visiting program for first-time disadvantaged mothers on mother-child interactions. A sample of 109 dyads participating in the Pro Kind trial was videotaped during a 3-min typical play situation at the participants’ homes when the child was aged 25 months, and assessed for orientation and contingency. The results show a significant improvement of the interactions between girls and their mothers, by increasing both the persistence of girls’ positive behaviors (even in the absence of mothers’ positive behaviors). No positive impacts were detected for the boys. These results have important implications for the analysis of mother-child interactions data and the design of home visiting programs.

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  • Gabriella Conti & Stavros Poupakis & Malte Sandner & Sören Kliem, 2019. "The Effects of Home Visiting on Mother-Child Interactions: Evidence from Dynamic Micro-Level Data," Working Papers 2019-066, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group.
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    Keywords

    home visiting; randomized trial; mother-child interaction; dynamic micro-coding systems;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior

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