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Evaluating the effects of a targeted home visiting program on maternal and child health outcomes

Sandner, Malte and Cornelissen, Thomas and Jungmann, Tanja and Herrmann, Peggy (2018) 'Evaluating the effects of a targeted home visiting program on maternal and child health outcomes.' Journal of Health Economics, 58. 269 - 283. ISSN 0167-6296

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Abstract

We evaluate the effects of home visiting targeted towards disadvantaged first-time mothers on maternal and child health outcomes. Our analysis exploits a randomized controlled trial and combines rich longitudinal survey data with unique administrative health data. In a context in which the target group has comprehensive health care access, we find no effects of home visiting on most types of health utilization, health behaviors, and physical health measures. However, the intervention has a positive effect on some maternal mental health outcomes, reducing depression reported in the survey data by eleven percentage points and prescription of psycholeptics recorded in the administrative data by seven percentage points.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2020 14:45
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 14:45
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25723

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