About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Government’s Welfare Plan For Deprived Families Affect Others

by Medindia Content Team on June 18, 2006 at 11:27 AM
Font : A-A+

Government’s Welfare Plan For Deprived Families Affect Others

A paper presented this week says the government's program (1999) to help health and development of socially and financially deprived families and their children benefits some people at the same time hurts some others.

The program targets individual families with children under four in designated deprived areas. It provides outreach or home visiting, advice about family health and development, support for people with special needs, and support for good quality play, learning and childcare experiences.

Advertisement

Researchers looked at families in 150 Sure Start communities, comparing them with families in 50 areas of similar deprivation. To measure the success of the programme, they looked at how many of the community services the families used and how useful they found them, the home learning environment, and the degree of supportive or negative parenting.

The study also looked at reported behavioural problems, and children's development (verbal, spatial and number skills).

The researchers found that children from the relatively less well off families but not worst off - those of non-teenage mothers - showed some benefit from the Sure Start program. But children from more deprived families - teenage mothers, lone parents, workless households - were adversely affected.
Advertisement

They also found that Sure Start programs led by health agencies were the most effective.

The authors warn that the results should be treated with caution at this early stage of Sure Start's implementation, and the scheme needs further evaluation. They point out that more families benefited than were negatively affected by the initiative. But since the programme resulted in some adverse effects for the most deprived - the socio-economic group involved in a disproportionately high level of society's problems - Sure Start's negative though limited effects could have considerable consequences.

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Anemia among Indian Women and Children Remains a Cause of Concern- National Family Health Survey-5
H1N1 Influenza Prevention in Children: What Parents Need to Know
Dietary Factors Responsible for Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) Production and Hair Loss
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Most Popular on Medindia

Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Drug Interaction Checker Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) The Essence of Yoga Accident and Trauma Care Vent Forte (Theophylline) Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Drug - Food Interactions Hearing Loss Calculator Drug Side Effects Calculator
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Government’s Welfare Plan For Deprived Families Affect Others Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests