Research Snapshot

Mental Health and Well-Being Among Home Visitors: Stressors, Supports, and Service Implications

March 16, 2020

Home visitors experience stress and anxiety on the job. Recurring exposure to the challenges and trauma of others can contribute to burnout, poor physical and mental health, and even secondary trauma. These factors impact home visitor retention and, ultimately, the quality of services.

Home visiting programs can alleviate workforce issues and promote home visitors’ job satisfaction and retention by reducing job stressors and providing protective supports. This Research Snapshot brief summarizes the existing research to answer four questions:

  • What factors contribute to home visitors’ mental health and well-being?
  • How do home visitors’ mental health and well-being influence service quality?
  • How can home visiting programs reduce stressors and support home visitors?
  • What are the implications for research and practice?

It also includes examples of statewide training efforts. Read the full brief for more details.

Suggested citation: Sandstrom, H., Willenborg, P., Sparr, M., & Morrison, C. (2020, March). Mental health and well-being among home visitors: Stressors, supports, and service implications. National Home Visiting Resource Center Research Snapshot Brief. Arlington, VA: James Bell Associates and Urban Institute.