Components associated with the effect of home visiting programs on child maltreatment: A meta-analytic review

Components associated with the effect of home visiting programs on child maltreatment: A meta-analytic review

Gubbels, J. van der Put, C. E. Stams, G. J. J. M. Prinzie, P. J. Assink, M.
Child Abuse and Neglect
114 (no pagination)
Background: Home visiting programs are widely endorsed for preventing child maltreatment. Yet, knowledge is lacking on what and how individual program components are related to the effectiveness of these programs. Objective(s): The aim of this meta-analysis was to increase this knowledge by summarizing findings on effects of home visiting programs on child maltreatment and by examining potential moderators of this effect, including a range of program components and delivery techniques. Method(s): A literature search yielded 77 studies (N=48,761) examining the effectiveness of home visiting programs, producing 174 effect sizes. In total, 35 different program components and delivery techniques were coded. Result(s): A small but significant overall effect was found (d=0.135, 95 % CI (0.084, 0.187), p<0.001). Programs that focused on improving parental expectations of the child or parenthood in general (d = 0.308 for programs with this component versus d = 0.112 for programs without this component), programs targeting parental responsiveness or sensitivity to a child's needs (d = 0.238 versus d = 0.064), and programs using video-based feedback (d = 0.397 versus d = 0.124) yielded relatively larger effects. Providing practical and instrumental assistance was negatively associated with program effectiveness (d=0.044 versus d = 0.168). Further, program effects were larger when percentages of non-Caucasians/non-Whites in samples and follow-up durations increased. Conclusion(s): In general, home visiting programs can prevent child maltreatment only to a small extent. However, implementing specific components and techniques can improve program effectiveness. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s)

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Type of intervention

Early Intervention

Treatment and Child Welfare Interventions


Parenting Skills



Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Psychological Abuse


The organization of interventions

Home-based Interventions

Age group

Infants and Toddlers (0-2 years)

Preschool Aged Children (3-5 years)

School Aged Children (6-12 years)

Adolescents (13-18 years)

Age not specified

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