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in well being, cognitive status and nutrition being tangible measures. While motivation, subjective feelings about family functioning, and ability to solve problems being conceptual measures.

To conclude, the study has revealed that family intervention as a method is useful and is able to bring about definite improvements in the subjective well being of mothers and developmental status of children. The programme is feasible, useful and cost effective and can be integrated into the existing health care delivery system. The intervention is able to improve some coping patterns and dimensions of well being more than others which might be a function of the intervention or of the base line functioning of the women and children.

The programme should be suitably modified based on the needs of the population and more sensitive and multidimensional methods of assessment used. The results reveal that the intervention is equally efficacious (except for subtle differences) in different parts of the country and in different areas. Initially, the programme will probably yield better results in a disadvantaged population and then can be exptrapolated to the rest of the areas. The study has established that family intervention is a major corner stone in the optimal usage and application of mother and child health programmes.

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