Emotional support for mothers from disadvantaged families leads to better outcomes for their children, according to new research brief from Child Trends.
The study looked at three positive outcomes — children’s social competence and school engagement — and three negative outcomes — externalizing, depression symptoms, and grade retention. Even when controlling for family structure, income, gender, race/ethnicity and child’s age, emotional support for mothers postively impacted all of the outcomes.
In Northeast Florida, mothers can receive one-on-one support through programs like Healthy Start and Nurse Family Parternship. Healthy Start is a voluntary program that provides services to woman and infants based on their risk factors for a poor birth outcome. A key component of the program is personal support staff.