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Study Detail

Roggman, L. A., & Cook, G. A. (2010). Attachment, aggression, and family risk in a low-income sample. Family Science, 1(3), 191-204. doi:10.1080/19424620.2010.567829

Program(s) Reviewed: Early Head Start-Home Visiting (EHS-HV)

Study Screening Details

Screening DecisionScreening Conclusion
Study Passes ScreensEligible for Review

Study Design Details

RatingDesignAttritionBaseline EquivalenceReassignmentConfounding Factors
HighRandomized controlled trialLowEstablished on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic statusNoneNone

Study Characteristics

Study Participants

Study participants were mothers and children recruited to one local program as part of a national evaluation. The total study sample included approximately 160 low-income families (exact number depended on outcome and timing of data collection; the research sample averaged $10,000 or less annual income for a two-adult, two-child family). A quarter of mothers were teenagers, a third had not completed high school, and more than a third were Latina.


Not provided

Home Visiting Services

One Early Head Start program participated in the study. That program offered enrolled families weekly home visits lasting approximately 90 minutes. Home visitors spent at least three-quarters of each visit facilitating mother-child interactions through planned activities to promote early child development. During the remainder of the visit, the home visitor provided information about early child development and ideas for activities for child leaning and for nonpunitive discipline.

Comparison Condition

Not provided

Staff Characteristics and Training

Not specified

Funding Source

The study was supported by grants from the Head Start Bureau for local research on EHS (90YF0004) and a subcontract with Mathematica Policy Research.

Author Affiliation

None of the study authors are developers of this program model.


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