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Qualitative Observations on Intervention

A. Bangalore Centre
The concept of family intervention is a relatively new concept in the groups studied. During the intervention the following factors were noted.

  1. Motivation of Families
    The families by and large were very co-operative. The message that was transmitted to them during the process was quite well received by them. The importance of 'psychosocial' issues in the development of their children was understandable to them though none of them had given any importance to these factors till now. The families generally had motivation for change in factors like poor house keeping, child neglect etc. These changes could be noticed in the visits made by the workers to these families. Generally, the trend was that the parents and the family members were willing to change for better for the sake of their children. The entry into the families was very easy because the intervention was directed towards improving their children.

  2. Motivation of the Anganwadi Workers
    Initially this was not accepted as it seemed an additional burden on them. They were however gradually convinced and were shown how this programme only facilitated the work already being carried out by them. During the training period they were convinced of the usefulness of the training as well as the manual supplied to them. Though they were not totally ignorant of 'psychological factors' in the development of children, till this study was started, it was not given importance. Among the Anganwadi workers the opinion seemed to be favourable towards learning toilet training skills to impart to the families. They all found it very useful. In general, the workers were well motivated to carry out the intervention as it helped them learn better and at the same time did not disrupt their routine work

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