Reports and publications (published elsewhere)

Parenting in the early years: effectiveness of parenting support programs for Indigenous families

Posted on: 2 October, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 4, October 2012 - December 2012
Related to Health services Social and emotional wellbeing Infants and young children Social determinants

Mildon R, Polimeni M (2012)
Parenting in the early years: effectiveness of parenting support programs for Indigenous families
Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report examines the effectiveness of Australian Indigenous family programs that support parenting in the early years. These programs acknowledge the influential role of family and environment in determining the future wellbeing of children. The aim therefore of such programs is to provide appropriate support to parents and families to encourage behaviours and interactions that will promote healthy child development in every facet – physical, social, emotional, and psychological. The family programs of focus in this report include parenting programs and home visiting programs. Both types of programs are examined with much attention directed at the efficacy of these programs in helping Indigenous families. The report concludes by outlining recommendations for the delivery of Indigenous family programs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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