Gabriella Conti, Stavros Poupakis, Malte Sandner, Sören Kliem

This study examines the effects of a home visiting program for first-time disadvantaged mothers on mother-child interactions. A sample of 109 dyads participating in the Pro Kind trial was videotaped during a 3-min typical play situation at the participants’ homes when the child was aged 25 months, and assessed for orientation and contingency. The results show a significant improvement of the interactions between girls and their mothers, by increasing both the persistence of girls’ positive behaviors (even in the absence of mothers’ positive behaviors). No positive impacts were detected for the boys. These results have important implications for the analysis of mother-child interactions data and the design of home visiting programs.

Publication Type
Working Paper
File Description
First version, November 2019
JEL Codes
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
I10: Health, Education, and Welfare, General
C92: Design of Experiments: Laboratory; Group Behavior
home visiting
randomized trial
mother-child interaction
dynamic micro-coding systems