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Nurse Home Visitation Program for the reduction of the risk of child maltreatment: A first evaluation of the intervention of the Complex Functional Unit Mental Health Childhood and Adolescence and Young Healthcare Center Consultancy Centers of the Local Health Authority of Tuscany Center-Florence.
Author/s: Ludovica Di Paola, Annalaura Nocentini, Patricia Monica Bettini, Roberto Leonetti 
Year:  2020 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  24 Pg. 89-112 FullText PDF:  297 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MAL2020-003008
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Home visiting interventions in family contexts at risk of child maltreatment are importants to reduce risk factors and to promote those of pro-tection. The study proposes a first evaluation of the Florence intervention program "Home Visiting: Percorsi di Sostegno alla Genitorialità" conducted by the health workers of the Local Health Authority Tuscany Center of Florence. The study involved 20 mothers. It was conducted a retrospective analysis of the medical records and of the project files. The re-sults show that 70% of mothers have not been reported due to the risk of child maltreatment following the intervention and that late taking-charge of mothers is a risk that increases the probability of incurring reports of the risk of maltreatment. The study indicates the need for future home visiting interventions to take into account the moment of taking charge as a factor capable of guaranteeing the success of the intervention and its effectiveness.
Keywords: Nurse home visitation program, home visiting, child abuse, neglect.

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Ludovica Di Paola, Annalaura Nocentini, Patricia Monica Bettini, Roberto Leonetti, Nurse Home Visitation Program for the reduction of the risk of child maltreatment: A first evaluation of the intervention of the Complex Functional Unit Mental Health Childhood and Adolescence and Young Healthcare Center Consultancy Centers of the Local Health Authority of Tuscany Center-Florence. in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 3/2020, pp. 89-112, DOI:10.3280/MAL2020-003008


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