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  1. One major problem (mainly of the mothers of the city slum area) was the drinking habit of their husbands. In these families apart from the counselling of the mothers, psychiatric consultation for the alcoholic husbands was offered. But none of the alcoholic husbands turned up for these consultations.

    In one such family, the husband was willing to give up his drinking habit but wanted the help at his door step. The principal co-investigator visited the family and advised the husband. As a result of this, he was ready to take treatment and was given medicines free of cost. He has greatly reduced his drinking and he and his wife are very happy at the possibility of cure.

  2. Though the programme aimed at the mothers of the target families but in some of the families husbands and/or children were also contacted to bring about a change in the well being of mothers as well as in the family situation.

  3. Another observation is that too many home visits were not required to make family interventions. This may decrease the level of cooperation and the interest of the mothers. Lesser visits but using good rapport and appropriate counselling skills proved to be more effective. The counselling sessions at Lucknow centre lasted from 20 minutes to more than an hour.

  4. The time schedule for interventions varied in the families depending on the general interest and motivation on the part of the mothers, number of risk factors present and the availability of the resources.

b) Some difficulties were faced during the execution of family interventions at Lucknow centre. These are as follows:

  1. A few families did not cooperate as they had no trust in any governmental schemes or they felt that the main purpose of the study was to motivate them for family planning.

  2. In some families the cooperation was quite good in the beginning but as the work progressed the level of cooperation decreased in the absence of any material or financial help.

  3. Working mothers in city slum areas and mothers with too much agricultural work in rural areas were not easily available for counselling. Though the research team was prepared to work with families at flexible hours but the AWs refused to do so.

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