Prediction of Early Engagement and Completion of a Home Visitation Parenting Intervention for Preventing Child Maltreatment




Jennifer B. Lefever, Kathryn M. Bigelow, Judith J. Carta, and John G. Borkowski

Brief Type

Journal Publication


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Objective: We examined predictors of engagement and completion in a randomized trial comparing the effectiveness of two interventions for preventing child maltreatment and promoting positive parenting. Methods: Participants in this study were 255 mother-child dyads, most of whom were enrolled in Head Start programs, were randomly assigned to a 5-session home visitation intervention (Planned Activities Training-PAT) or to a similar parenting intervention enhanced by the addition of cell phone calls and text messages (CPAT). Results: (1) Early engagement and participation in the cellular phone enhanced program predicted intervention completion, and (2) the quality of parenting prior to entrance in the program predicted engagement. Conclusions: The results have important implications for engagement and completion in home visitation programs aimed at promoting positive parenting among high- risk mothers. Implications for practitioners are also discussed. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

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For More Information

Lefever, J.B., Bigelow, K.M., Carta, J.J., Borkowski, J.G. (2013) Prediction of early engagement and completion of a home visitation parenting intervention for preventing child maltreatment, NHSA Dialog, 16(1), 1-19.
ISSN: 1930-9325
Author contact information:
Jennifer Lefever


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  • Participant Recruitment, Retention, Engagement, and Dosage