Evaluation of a Home-based Clinical Intervention for Women With Postpartum Mood Disorders and Their Infants
Major Outside Collaborators:
M. Katherine Weinberg; Arietta Slade (City University of New York)
Boston University Provost (SPRInG Grant), New York Community Trust (Silberman Faculty Grant Program), Wellesley College (Stone Primary Prevention Grant Initiative)
This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an innovative in-home therapeutic intervention for mothers with postpartum mood disorders and their infants. The program, called Early Connections, developed by a community social service agency (Greater Boston Jewish Family and Children’s Service), focuses on strengthening maternal competence and the parent-child relationship. To evaluate the effectiveness of the program, a multi-method assessment of the mother’s mood and functioning, infant behavior, and mother-infant interactions before and after the therapeutic intervention is being used. Further, using in-depth interviews, the study is also examining the processes of the intervention from the perspectives of the participants and the clinicians. Given the plethora of home-based interventions for families that have emerged in social work agencies, findings from this study will be important as a basis of curricula for all students and social work practitioners interested in working with this population.