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.

Visiting Families in Stressful Situations
Visiting families in stressful situations

Many families participate in home visiting. Some are functioning well and benefit from home visiting services designed to meet one specific need. Other families may not be functioning well. Unusual stresses, poor psychological or physical health, inadequate coping skills, insufficient social support, or lack of adequate environmental resources can negatively influence family functioning. Home visiting programs for such families may need to provide more specialized or intensive services, and home visitors who serve these families will need specific skills and knowledge to work effectively with them.

In this chapter, we identify some of the serious family problems that home visitors may encounter, including child abuse and neglect, family violence, and substance abuse and drug dealing. In addition, ...

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