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  1. Families' perception of the Intervention

    The families, when explained, do perceive the risk factors present in the family and the need to improve upon those aspects. They plead incapability in changing the conditions due to various reasons like overburden of work, financial problems and lack of co-operation with other members. The families look for benefits specially financial, whenever any programme is planned with them. The purpose and need for the present kind of intervention was explained and how they would gain benefits by this programme. Some of the tasks given during intervention were well accepted by the mothers and they could understand the importance of these factors in their child's development.

  2. Anganwadi workers were comfortable in carrying out the intervention programme

    This was because, they maintain good contact with the families in their area. As this programme did not disrupt their routine in any way and was not time consuming, it was all the more easier. Initially there was some hesitation on their part as they did not feel confident in handling the programme. Gradually with training the hesitation ceased. They gained further confidence by discussions and clarifications with the research team and their support and guidance from time to time. The training manual proved to be very helpful in giving them some knowledge and helped in carrying out the interventions.

  3. It was generally noticed that the families Improved on certam risk factors and the others remained almost the same

    The areas on which observable changes were noticed were - poor house-keeping, neurotic traits in children, child neglect and abject poverty. There were no significant changes in factors -adverse neighbourhood environment, certain characteristics of the mother and severe marital discord. In case of families which were poor, some families adopted newer methods to supplement income suggested by the worker. In a few others, budgeting and nutrition and play things at low cost were explained. Regarding house keeping and routine the concepts were easily understood and changes brought about, especially adhering to neatness and cleanliness while sending the children to the centre. Regarding child neglect, elders in the family (e.g., grand parents) were very helpful in bringing about changes. The concepts explained were well received. Among neurotic traits, bedwetting was frequently noticed among children. The families were only too willing to learn simple toilet training skills and execute them.

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