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Do home visiting programmes improve children's language development? A systematic review

Henwood, Tom, Channon, Sue ORCID:, Penny, Helen, Robling, Mike ORCID: and Waters, Cerith ORCID: 2020. Do home visiting programmes improve children's language development? A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies 109 , 103610. 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103610

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Objectives This review examines home visiting programmes that specifically provide home based support to vulnerable, socially disadvantaged women who are either pregnant or have recently become a new parent. Home visiting programmes often report multiple outcomes. The purpose of this review is to systematically summarise how effective home visiting programmes are at improving young children's language development. Data sources A comprehensive search of four online databases (Embase, Emcare, Psycinfo and Medline) between 1990 and 2020 was conducted, as well as a hand search of the references of relevant studies. Review method Studies were screened with N = 11 meeting the inclusion/exclusion criteria. The risk of bias of each study was assessed. To enable comparisons between home visiting programmes, relevant data was extracted using an adapted version of the Cochrane Public Health Group Data Extraction and Assessment Template. Results Most of the home visiting programmes had been established in America. Six of the eleven studies reported positive language outcomes for children. Where statistical data was reported, the magnitude of the difference between the intervention and control groups represented small effect sizes. Nine different language measures were used, reporting on varying domains of language development rendering comparisons across programmes difficult. Most studies failed to report the duration of home visits, though studies which started prenatally showed the most promise in improving children's language development. Conclusion Home visiting programmes targeted at socially disadvantaged women and their children have the potential to positively influence the language development of the child. This review highlights that not all home visiting programmes measure the impact that the programme has on children's language development, and not all home visiting programmes achieve positive language outcomes. Initiating visits prenatally may help towards the improvement of children's language development. Future evaluations of home visiting programmes should explore this finding further, consider the language assessment tools selected, and improve on the reporting of their language results.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0020-7489
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 August 2020
Date of Acceptance: 19 May 2020
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 20:36

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