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Evaluating the Effects of a Targeted Home Visiting Program on Maternal and Child Health Outcomes

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  • Sandner, Malte

    () (Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg)

  • Cornelissen, Thomas

    () (University of Essex)

  • Jungmann, Tanja

    () (University of Rostock)

  • Herrmann, Peggy

    () (Hannover Medical School (MHH))

Abstract

We evaluate the effects of home visiting targeted towards disadvantaged first-time mothers on maternal and child health outcomes. Our analysis exploits a randomized controlled trial and combines rich longitudinal survey data with unique administrative health data. In a context in which the target group has comprehensive health care access, we find that home visiting has no effects on most types of health utilization, health behaviors, and physical health measures. However, the intervention has a remarkably robust and sizable positive effect on maternal mental health, reducing depressions reported in the survey data and prescriptions of psycholeptics recorded in the administrative data.

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  • Sandner, Malte & Cornelissen, Thomas & Jungmann, Tanja & Herrmann, Peggy, 2017. "Evaluating the Effects of a Targeted Home Visiting Program on Maternal and Child Health Outcomes," IZA Discussion Papers 10715, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    8. Jonas Lau-Jensen Hirani & Hans Henrik Sievertsen & Miriam Wust, 2020. "The Timing of Early Interventions and Child and Maternal Health," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 20/720, School of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.

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    child health; disadvantaged families; mental health; early childhood intervention;

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    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality

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