Generally, the intervention developed for improving the status
and quality of life of the risk families, were aimed to be
simple and understandable by the families. The main strategy
was to impart simple psychosocial skills like coping skills
and problem solving skills to the women. The woman being the
key person of the family was chosen to improve the conditions
for better psychosocial development of children utilising
the resources available. To achieve better and long term impact
of the scheme, it was aimed to carry out the programme through
the Anganwadi workers, who have a close contact with the.
families and also oce involved in similar activities. The
main intention was to incorporate the present programme into
the existing schemes, by training the Anganwadi workers and
imparting them certain psychosocial skills to facilitate their
work. This programme was planned so as not to be time consuming
or as being a different scheme altogether. The intervention
was basically sensitization of the family to risk factors,
talking to the family members, advising them, giving suggestions
that suit them and encouraging them as they make these new
The specific aims of the intervention programme were as
1. Training of the anganwadi workers to
a) identify families at risk for poor psychosocial development
b) carry out the family intervention with these families.
2. To study the impact of i!ltervention on cognitive and
nutritional development of the children 'at risk'.
3. To study the effect of intervention on subjective well
being of the mothers.