2. Emotional Index for the mother to assess her average happiness.
3. The HRC (short version) to identify risk factors.
4. Cognitive development tests-Gessel's drawing test, Digit
span test, Speech comprehension tests and Picture vocabulary
test for children between 3 and 6 years of age.
5. Nutritional status of children between 3 and 6 years of
age in terms of their height and weight.
These evaluations were carried out at
0-months (prior to
the intervention), 3 months, 6 months and 12 months (After
Duration of the Intervention:
The intervention was carried out for a total duration of 6
months by the Anganwadi workers who visited the families once
a week to carry out the intervention. Each visit lasted for
about 15-20 minutes. The research workers supervised the intervention
process periodically i.e., fortnightly in the first month
and monthly in the subsequent months.
Training for the Research Workers:
The research workers were trained before starting this programme.
Once they were oriented towards family intervention concepts,
they visited the study areas, studied the set up in detail
i.e., duties of the Anganwadi Workers, the activities already
being carried out by them, feasibility of the present programme
and the suitability of the Anganwadi Workers to carry out
this work as part of their normal duties.
An intensive training programme consisting of both theoretical
and practical aspects of family intervention was carried out
for the research team under the supervision of the Principal
Investigator. The training was done with the following aims:
To enable the workers to identify a group of psychosocial
risk factors which will point to need for family interventions.
To equip the workers with skills to identify environmental
as well as intra and interpersonal resources in the high risk
To train the workers about the selection of suitable
entry points for introducing interventions based on an analysis
of resources and strengths in the family in terms of coping
skills, social and family support, and areas of confidence
and well being especially in the mother