Some of the observations made during the intervention at
Lucknow centre are given below. These observations are informal
and subjective in the sense that these are not obtained
through any research instrument but were made while carrying
out family interventions in the two study areas.
- As regards the effects of family interventions on the
target mothers, three categories of mothers were found.
The first category were mothers who posed their full trust
in the intervention team and wanted to improve the existing
family situation. These improved a lot. The second category
were mothers who were willing to improve the situation but
could not do so in the absence of adequate social and family
support. In the third category the mother had not trusted
the intervention team and strongly felt that there is no
one who could help them and that there was no way out of
their problems. These mothers did not change at all.
- It was difficult to obtain reasonable privacy for the
target mothers in both study areas. Therefore, due to the
presence of other people standing or sitting around sometimes
it was felt that the mother's response were monosyllabic
- 'Neurotic traits' (such as bed wetting in the child) was
found to be the easiest factor to be managed by the intervention
team. On the other hand 'adverse neighbourhood environment'
was the most difficult factor to be managed in the risk
families because not very much could be done in this regard
by the intervention worker.
- Presence of the HRC factors such as poor house keeping,
child neglect and neurotic traits etc. were not considered
a risk for the child or the family by some of the target
mothers. It was also observed that presence of these factors
did not much affect the well being of mothers. However,
the presence of abject poverty, and martial discord seemed
to adversely affect the well being of mothers in the risk
- Pregnant mothers could not make much progress following
interventions. Perhaps, antenatal care if coupled with the
interventions could have been more effective.
- In a few families changes observed during interventions
disappeared after some adversities had taken place in the
families. For example in a family of city slum area the
mother was doing very well but she lost her interest because
she was quite upset after a theft in the house in which
all her jewellery and other belongings were stolen.