The costs of a public health infrastructure for delivering parenting and family support

Foster, E. Michael, Prinz, Ronald J., Sanders, Matthew R. and Shapiro, Cheri J. (2008) The costs of a public health infrastructure for delivering parenting and family support. Children and Youth Services Review, 30 5: 493-501. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2007.11.002

Author Foster, E. Michael
Prinz, Ronald J.
Sanders, Matthew R.
Shapiro, Cheri J.
Title The costs of a public health infrastructure for delivering parenting and family support
Journal name Children and Youth Services Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0190-7409
Publication date 2008-05
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2007.11.002
Volume 30
Issue 5
Start page 493
End page 501
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Formatted abstract
To estimate the costs of building a public health infrastructure for delivering a population-wide evidence-based multi-level system of parenting interventions to strengthen parenting; reduce risk for child maltreatment and coercive parenting practices; and reduce the prevalence of early child behavioral and emotional problems.

Using data from 9 South Carolina counties, this study examines the costs to service agencies of training a wide range of providers. Using data on the number of children and families served, the paper estimates the total costs of training providers sufficient to treat all children and families in a hypothetical community.

The costs of the universal media and communication component totaled less than $1.00 per child in the population. The costs of training service providers to deliver at other intervention levels were quite modest ($11.74 on a per child basis).

This study shows that a population-wide system of efficacious parenting programs aimed at reducing child behavioral and emotional problems and promoting effective parenting is quite feasible. Rough estimates suggest that these costs could be recovered in a single year by as little as a 10% reduction in the rate of abuse and neglect.
Keyword Public health
Parenting intervention
Mental health
Economic analysis
Theoretical Development of Triple P
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 13 November 2007.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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