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      The Role of Home-Visitation Programs in Improving Health Outcomes for Children and Families

      Council on Child and Adolescent Health

      Pediatrics

      American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

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          Abstract

          Traditional pediatric care is often based on the assumption that parents have th basic knowledge and resources to provide a nurturing, safe environment and to provide for the emotional, physical, developmental, and health care needs of their infants and young children. Unfortunately, many families have insufficient knowledge of parenting skills and an inadequate support system of friends, extended family, or professionals to help with these vital tasks. Home-visitation programs offer an effective mechanism to ensure ongoing parental education, social support, and linkage with public and private community services. This statement reviews the history and current research on home-visitation programs and provides recommendations about the pediatrician's role in supporting and using home visitation.

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          Journal
          Pediatrics
          Pediatrics
          American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
          0031-4005
          1098-4275
          March 01 1998
          March 01 1998
          March 01 1998
          : 101
          : 3
          : 486-489
          Article
          10.1542/peds.101.3.486
          9499196
          © 1998

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