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CHAPTER 5

Methods

The design used in the study involved experimental and control groups with prospective follow ups.

SAMPLE

As decided, totally 140 families, 70 from the study group and 70 for the control group were selected from each centre. These were equally divided in both study areas i.e., rural and city slum. The study group and the control group were both chosen based on the following inclusion criteria.

Inclusion Criteria

1. A family with children between 3 and 6 years of age living with their parents.

2. A family with 2 or more risk factors listed on the HRC.

Once identified, only the study group would receive the intervention and the control group would not receive the intervention. The intervention involved talking to the mothers regarding their various problems, counselling family members, finding various ways of problem solving for the risk factors present i:n the family and utilising them, and performing graded tasks (As explained in the manual).

Evaluation

(a) By Anganwadi Workers: The families were evaluated in the following fashion:
1. The short version HRC -(Kannada or Hindi translation) to identify risk factors in the family -by the Anganwadi Workers prior to the intervention.

(b) By Research Workers
1. The 40 -item SWBI for the mother to assess her well being.


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