Author

De GaoFollow

Date of Award

5-13-2021

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Kathleen Baggett, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Ruiyan Luo, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Betsy Davis, Ph.D.

Abstract

Although Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs in the United States attempt to engage families at high-risk for poor outcomes, in intensive intervention, MIECHV programs are plagued by low parent engagement (Cho et al., 2018). Families at highest need for intensive interventions are least likely to receive them (MIECHV Technical Assistance Coordinating Center, 2015). This secondary analysis study examined levels of mother engagement in a comprehensive home visiting intervention program, My Baby & Me, implemented within a randomized controlled trial by The Centers for the Prevention of Child Neglect (Guttentag et al., 2014). The purpose of this study is to identify parent engagement profiles, which may be used in subsequent studies to determine if there are modifiable family or intervention factors that predict optimal parent engagement profiles. This examination focused on mothers assigned to a comprehensive intervention condition beginning in the third trimester and continuing through the first-year post-partum. Results from the multiple logistic regression models showed that there were associations with race/ethnicity, maternal age (at prenatal interview), and amount of time living at current home.

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