Impact of community mentors on maternal behaviors and child outcomes

Susan E. Dieterich, Susan H. Landry, Karen E. Smith, Paul R. Swank, Heather M. Hebert

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Abstract

Play and Learning Strategies (PALS), a research-based parent education and support program, was delivered to families with low income via home visiting using a facilitator. Facilitators completed 12 home visits addressing responsive parenting, behavioral support, language stimulation, and support of attentional skills. This report compares PALS to M-PALS, a program that included a community mentor in addition to a facilitator. Community mentoring provided modeling of parenting skills and supportive services to decrease external stressors for mothers. Mothers who participated in the M-PALS and PALS programs for longer durations demonstrated more responsive behaviors. Mothers in the M-PALS program also had greater increases in verbal scaffolding and their children showed greater gains in cognitive scores. Verbal scaffolding was a mediating factor for child cognitive outcomes. Mentoring impacted child changes indirectly and should be studied further to determine other beneficial functions mentors might serve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-124
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Early Intervention
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

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mentoring
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  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Dieterich, S. E., Landry, S. H., Smith, K. E., Swank, P. R., & Hebert, H. M. (2006). Impact of community mentors on maternal behaviors and child outcomes. Journal of Early Intervention, 28(2), 111-124. https://doi.org/10.1177/105381510602800203

Impact of community mentors on maternal behaviors and child outcomes. / Dieterich, Susan E.; Landry, Susan H.; Smith, Karen E.; Swank, Paul R.; Hebert, Heather M.

In: Journal of Early Intervention, Vol. 28, No. 2, 12.2006, p. 111-124.

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Dieterich, SE, Landry, SH, Smith, KE, Swank, PR & Hebert, HM 2006, 'Impact of community mentors on maternal behaviors and child outcomes', Journal of Early Intervention, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 111-124. https://doi.org/10.1177/105381510602800203
Dieterich, Susan E. ; Landry, Susan H. ; Smith, Karen E. ; Swank, Paul R. ; Hebert, Heather M. / Impact of community mentors on maternal behaviors and child outcomes. In: Journal of Early Intervention. 2006 ; Vol. 28, No. 2. pp. 111-124.
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