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Systematic review of parenting interventions in European countries aiming to reduce social inequalities in children’s health and development

Background: Early child development influences many aspects of wellbeing, health, competence in literacy andnumeracy, criminality, and social and economic participation throughout the life course. Children fromdisadvantaged groups have less possibilities of achieving full development. By providing a positive start for allchildren across the social gradient, improved developmental outcomes will be seen during later childhood andthroughout their lives. The objective of this systematic review was to identify interventions during early childhoodin countries from the World Health Organisation European Region in 1999–2013 which reduced inequalities inchildren’s health and development.Methods: A systematic review was carried out adhering to the PRISMA guidelines. The review examined universal,targeted and proportionate universalism interventions, programs and services using an electronic search strategy inPubMed and the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences [IBSS] databases. A further search was performedin the grey literature. Interventions were included only if they were aimed at children or their parents and hadbeen evaluated.Results: We identified 23 interventions in total: 6 in the PubMed data base, 5 in IBSS and 12 in grey literature. Allbut 1 intervention-delivered in Sweden-were carried out in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Theseaimed to improve parenting abilities, however, some had additional components such as: day-care provision,improving hou ...

TipoRevisiones Bibliográficas
Publicado en ODS2014-11-12

Early years, familiy and education task group: report. European review of social determinants of health and the health divide in the WHO European Region


The task group on early years, childhood and family was set up as part of the European review of social determinants of health and the health divide in the WHO European Region, a study commissioned to support the development of the new health policy framework for Europe, Health 2020. The task group was asked to identify interventions, strategies and approaches that policy-makers and practitioners in the Region can use in the childhood years to improve and equalize health outcomes throughout the life-course. The report’s analysis is organized in terms of early years and later childhood to reflect phases of children’s experience that are distinct in many ways and require different forms of service provision. The report uses evidence from international research, a review of reports from international organizations and case studies of practices in European countries. The report’s broad conclusions should be considered in conjunction with more detailed recommendations provided throughout the text.

TipoComunicaciones/Informes/Artículos (individual)
Publicado en ODS2013-12-27