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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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 and guarded.

  3. '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.

  4. 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 families.

  5. Pregnant mothers could not make much progress following interventions. Perhaps, antenatal care if coupled with the interventions could have been more effective.

  6. 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.

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