Journal Article

Evaluation of a Healthy Families America (HFA) Programme: A Deeper Understanding

Ellen Elizabeth Whipple and John Douglass Whyte

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 2, pages 407-425
Published in print March 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online January 2009 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Evaluation of a Healthy Families America (HFA) Programme: A Deeper Understanding

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Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of a Healthy Families America (HFA) programme in meeting its goals and better understand the role of therapeutic alliance. Methods: One hundred and sixty-three families and their Family Support Worker (FSW) enrolled in an HFA programme completed five sets of measures over a five-year time frame. Results: Descriptive statistics provide a socio-demographic and programme involvement profile. Families demonstrated positive health and child development-related outcomes. Families improved in their ability to provide a positive home environment; children successfully met developmental milestones; and FSWs were highly effective in engaging families and creating a working alliance. Conclusions: Programme strengths and weaknesses are discussed within an international context with implications for future research in this area.

Keywords: Child abuse; evaluation; early intervention; prevention; home visiting; alliance

Journal Article.  6589 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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