Resource Mothers Program

Implementation support is not currently available for the model as reviewed.

Last updated: July 2011

Model Overview

Theoretical Model

The Resource Mothers Program was developed to provide education and social support to pregnant and parenting teenagers by using specially trained Resource Mothers, home visitors who are successful parents themselves, drawn from the local community. 

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Model Components

The primary service provided by the Resource Mothers Program is education and support through home visits. The home visits are structured, and education objectives supplement and reinforce the services the adolescents receive in clinical and similar settings. The Resource Mothers fulfill the roles of teacher, role model, reinforcer, friend, and facilitator. They emphasize the parent’s ability to influence the child’s development. The Resource Mothers also often provide transportation to mother and child health visits.

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Target Population

The program targets at-risk, pregnant adolescents.

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Where to Find Out More

A national organization for the Resource Mothers Program does not exist.

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Effects Shown in Research & Outcome Measure Details

Summary of Findings

Please read Describing Effects for more information on these categories. Only results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings are included above.

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In Brief

Evidence of Model Effectiveness

This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations because there are no high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model.

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Model Description

The Resource Mothers Program provides education and social support for at-risk pregnant teens, emphasizing the parent’s ability to affect the child’s development. Services are delivered through regular home visits by trained Resource Mothers, who are successful parents drawn from the local community. The Resource Mothers are intended to fulfill many roles, including teacher, role model, and facilitator. They also may provide transportation to mother and child health visits. The home visits begin during pregnancy and continue during the infant’s first year of life. For more information, please read the Model Overview.

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Extent of Evidence

Results of Research and Review
Number of studies
Eligible for review
7
Rated high
0
Rated moderate
0
Rated low
6
Additional source1
1

For more information, see the study database. For more information on the criteria used to determine the study ratings, please read Producing Study Ratings.

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Summary of Findings

Please read Describing Effects for more information on these categories. Only results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings are included above.

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Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services

Information Based on Comprehensive Review of All High- and Moderate-Impact Studies for this Model
High- or moderate-quality impact study?
No
Across high- or moderate-quality studies, favorable impacts in at least two outcome domains within one sample OR the same domain for at least two non-overlapping samples?
NA
Favorable impacts on full sample?
NA
Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after model enrollment?1
NA
One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?1
NA

Please read the HHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Models for more information.

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