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Can Early Intervention Improve Maternal Well-being? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial

This study estimates the effect of a targeted policy intervention on global and experienced measures of maternal well-being. Participants from a disadvantaged community are randomly assigned during pregnancy to an intensive home visiting parenting program or a control group. The intervention has no impact on global well-being as measured by life satisfaction and parenting stress or experienced negative affect using episodic reports derived from the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM). Treatment effects are observed on measures of experienced positive affect from the DRM and a measure of mood yesterday. This suggests that early intervention may produce some improvements in experienced well-being.

Authors: 
Orla Doyle, University College Dublin
Liam Delaney, Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School, Stirling University
Christine O Farrelly, Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College London
Nick Fitzpatrick, UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin
Michael Daly, Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School, Stirling University
Publication Date: 
December, 2015
Publication Status: 
Document Number: 
2015-015
File Description: 
First version, November, 2015