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Correlates of child and family outcomes in an Australian community-based early childhood intervention program

Susana Gavidia-Payne, Katherine Meddis, Nicole Mahar,

Academic Literature

2015

BackgroundEarly childhood intervention (ECI) program outcomes remain relatively under-researched. The aim of this study was twofold: (1) to describe outcomes in children and families participating in an Australian ECI service; and (2) to explore child, family, and program characteristics as correlates of these outcomes. MethodTwenty-nine families of children with disability were recruited into the study and completed measures of family outcomes, accommodations to disability, perceptions of ECI process of care, and supports received. ECI key workers provided child outcome ratings. ResultsAssociations among disability type, child health, and overall child outcomes were revealed. Process of care was only related to children's social relations outcomes. Family outcomes were positively associated with child care attendance, family-centred practice, and parenting support. ConclusionsA range of factors in association with outcomes for both children with disabilities and their families need to be considered in designing practices, policies, and research efforts.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability

Location : North America

Domain/s: Social relationships

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