Can we measure risk in home visitation? An examination of the predictive validity of the Healthy Families Parenting Inventory (HFPI)

Cara Kelly, Craig LeCroy

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Abstract

Objective: The current study examined the validity of the Healthy Families Parenting Inventory (HFPI) to predict future risk of child abuse and neglect. Method: Participants in the study were 2,088 parents participating in a single statewide home visitation program. Most parents were low-income mothers with a variety of socio-demographic risk indicators. Participants were administered the HFPI at program enrollment, then followed through administrative data for approximately one year for future official maltreatment reports. Results: Pre-intervention HFPI composite and subscale scores demonstrated incremental predictive validity of a future official maltreatment report. Conclusions: The HFPI can be used successfully during home visitation at the time of program initiation to suggest needs and services that reduce the likelihood child maltreatment, and aid in the prediction of future child abuse and neglect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106571
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume139
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Child welfare
  • Home visitation
  • Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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