A home-visiting intervention programme with Jamaican mothers and children

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1975 Oct;17(5):605-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1975.tb03527.x.


In order to promote better mental development in three-year-old children from poor Jamaican families, a home-visiting project was carried out with the aim of helping mothers to interact with and stimulate their children. Homes were visited once a week, and the use of toys and books was demonstrated to the mothers. The play equipment was then left with the family and exchanged at the following visit. After a maximum of 29 visits, the children had made significant gains (average 13 IQ points) compared with children in a previously matched control group. The mothers' knowledge of child-rearing had also improved. Similar intervention programmes may be useful on a larger scale, and need not be expensive if full use is made of the mothers' help.

MeSH terms

  • Child Rearing*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Home Care Services
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability / prevention & control*
  • Intelligence
  • Jamaica