The article reports results from an evaluation of Springboard, a family support programme introduced in Ireland during 1998. The evaluation is based on a non-experimental design involving a pre-post comparison of 319 children and 191 parents who participated in the programme. The two main outcomes reported here are children's psychological well-being (measured by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire - SDQ), and the parent-child relationship (measured by the Parent-Child Relationship Inventory - PCRI). Results showed improvements in SDQ and PCRI scores, equivalent to an effect size in the range 0.2 to 0.3, which is similar to the effect sizes produced by other family support programmes. At the end of the intervention, there was still a substantial amount of unmet need among children. The evaluation has two limitations: first, the use of a non-experimental method means that we cannot be certain that all of the improved outcomes can be attributed to Springboard; second, the diverse interventions which constitute Springboard, and family support programmes generally, means that it is impossible to separate effective from ineffective interventions within the programme.
|Titolo:||Evaluating Springboard: Impact of a family support programme in Ireland|
|Autori interni:||PRATSCHKE, Jonathan|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1.2 Articolo su rivista con ISSN|