This Second Edition is a good source for those training to be home visitors, in-service home visitors, supervisors and directors of home visiting programs serving a wide range of families. Recent evaluations of home visiting are summarized and practical suggestions for evaluating local programs are also included. This is an easy to read and essential resource for both beginning and experienced home visitors, trainers, supervisors of home visitors, and directors of home visiting programs.

Theories and Principles of Home Visiting
Theories and principles of home visiting

Many questions have been asked about why and how to provide care and support to those in need. In this chapter, we will address theories and principles that have given direction to the practice of home visiting. First are theories about children's development, family dynamics, and interpersonal relationships. These theories include ecological theory, family systems theory, cognitive-behavioral theories, and social problem-solving theories. We then present Richmond's (1899) principles of relief for guiding the practice of “friendly visitors” to illustrate the relationship between many current principles of care and those she wrote about more than 100 years ago. Third, shifts in principles of care guiding services in health, education, social services, and mental health across ...

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