Understanding Immigration Trauma and the Potential of Home Visiting Among Immigrant and Refugee Families

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This article examines the outcomes of implementing a trauma-informed home visiting program in a refugee/immigrant serving mental health program in Chicago, Illinois. The mental health program used the Baby TALK home visiting program model, an evidence-based relational approach to supporting pregnant mothers and families with children less than 3 years old. The authors share findings from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) examining the impact of the Baby TALK model on child and maternal outcomes among 200 refugee and immigrant participants. In addition, the authors share the story of a participant to demonstrate the ways in which home visiting programs can support developmental outcomes and mental well-being.

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Hilado, A., Leow, C., & Yang, Y. (2019). Understanding immigration trauma and the potential of home visiting among immigrant and refugee families.  Zero to Three,  39(6), 44-53.

About This Study:

Intervention(s): Trauma-Informed Approaches
Intervention Duration: 12 months
Relevant ORR Program: Children's Services, Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, Preferred Communities, Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee Support Services
Study Type: Impact evaluation
Full Text Availability: Paid
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Moderate
Population(s): Refugees
Gender(s) of Participants: Female
Age(s) of Participants: Adults
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: Multiple Regions

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