Illustrative Research Studies

The following is a list of relatively recent research articles on home visiting selected to illustrate the range of research being conducted in the field.  Topics include home visiting program effectiveness, importance of mother-home visitor relationships, child maltreatment, and program quality issues.

  1. Ammerman, R.T., Putnam, F.W., Bosse, N.R., Teeters, A.R., & Van Ginkel, J.B. (2010). Maternal depression in home visitation: A systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15, 191-200.
  2. Brookes, S.J., Summers, J.A., Thornburg, K.R., Ispa, J.M., & Lane, V.J. (2006). Building successful home visitor-mother relationships and reaching program goals in two Early Head Start programs: A qualitative look at contributing factors. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21, 25-45.
  3. Daro, D., McCurdy, K., Falconnier, L., & Stojanovic, D. (2003). Sustaining new parents in home visitation services: Key participant and program factors. Child Abuse & Neglect, 27, 1101-1125.
  4. McCurdy, K., Daro, D., Anisfeld, E., Katzev, A., Keim, A., LeCroy, C., …Winje, C. (2006). Understanding maternal intentions to engage in home visiting programs. Children and Youth Services Review, 28, 1195-1212.
  5. Nievar, M.A., Van Egeren,L.A., & Pollard, S. (2010). A meta-analysis of home visiting programs: Moderators of improvements in maternal behavior. Infant Mental Health Journal, 31, 499-520.
  6. Olds, D.L., Kitzman, H.J., Cole, R.E., Hanks, C.A., Arcoleo, K.J., Anson, E.A., …Stevenson, A.J. (2010). Enduring effects of prenatal and infancy home visiting by nurses on maternal life course and government spending: Follow-up of a randomized trial among children at age 12 years. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 164, 419-424.
  7. Peterson, C.A., Luze, Ga.J., Eshbaugh, E.M., Jeon, H.J., & Kantz, K.R. (2007). Enhancing parent-child interactions through home visiting: Promising practice or unfulfilled promise? Journal of Early Intervention, 29, 119-140.
  8. Prinz, R.J., Sanders, M.R., Shapiro, C.J., Whitaker, D.J., & Lutzker, J.R. (2009).Population-based  prevention of child maltreatment: The U.S. Triple P System Population Trial. Prevention Science, 10, 1-12.
  9. Sweet, M.A., & Appelbaum, M.I. (2004). Is home visiting an effective strategy? A meta-analysic review of home visiting programs for families with young children. Child Development, 75, 1435-1456.
  10. Woolfolk, T.N., & Unger, D.G. (2009). Relationships between low-income African American mothers and their home visitors: A Parents as Teachers program. Family Relations, 58, 188-200.

Additional Research: The US Department of Health and Human Services Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVee) website provides an extensive list of research articles that were part of HomVEE’s comprehensive review of home visiting program models designed for families with pregnant mothers and children up to five years of age.  Article references can be found by selecting an item listed under the Outcomes and Implementation tabs on HomVee’s website. 

An extensive annotated bibliography on home visiting is in preparation and will be posted on the website in the fall of 2012.