Emotional support for moms tied to better child outcomes

Emotional support for mothers from disadvantaged families leads to better outcomes for their children, according to new research brief from Child Trends.

The study looked at three positive outcomes — children’s social competence and school engagement — and three negative outcomes — externalizing, depression symptoms, and grade retention. Even when controlling for family structure, income, gender, race/ethnicity and child’s age, emotional support for mothers postively impacted all of the outcomes.

In Northeast Florida, mothers can receive one-on-one support through programs like Healthy Start and Nurse Family Parternship. Healthy Start is a voluntary program that provides services to woman and infants based on their risk factors for a poor birth outcome. A key component of the program is personal support staff.