The Importance Of Parent-Involvement In A Home-Visitation Program

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The central Kentucky Health Department aims to help families through providing “prenatally, postnatal, and long-term programs” (Ferguson & Vanderpool, 2013, p. 552), which allows parents of a new-born to ask questions and learn to be competent with baby-rearing practices until childhood if necessary. The program is aimed to improve the statistic of parental behavior (Ferguson & Vanderpool, 2013). The goal of Ferguson and Vanderpool’s (2013) observation was to test the importance of parent-involvement in a home-visitation program. Before the health care intervention, parents would be interviewed to determine factors that may play a substantial role in their child-rearing abilities (Ferguson & Vanderpool, 2013). The Parent Survey test is given …show more content…
In the research the objective is to prove that house visits are effective, if potential parents were wanting information on the helpfulness and resources given, they would not receive the information. Researchers need to add the content of the conversations between the professional caregivers and participating parents. The last graph portrays the different dimensions benefitting parents, two of the objective percentage increased- stress and lifestyle behaviors and mental health. The research helped show the dimensions tested; however, the research is biased to the decreased percentages and dismisses the increased. Naturally, these two heightened objectives will stereotypically change, a new baby is stressful. However, if the study was re-done, changing the 6 dimensions to include sub-categories that are less subjective would increase the validity of the research.
Lastly, there is not a control group. Ferguson and Vanderpool’s (2013) research proves guided assistance in the caregiving of an infant is helpful; however, there is nothing comparing the informed parent’s vs parents without assistance given. This information should be included to give the full importance and helpfulness of home-visitations.
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