Supporting families in challenging contexts: the CAPEDP project.

Publié le 1 Juin 2013
Mis à jour le 5 juillet 2019

Although France has one of the most generous health and social care systems for infant and maternal well-being in the Western world, professionals have been increasingly concerned by the rising number of children being referred for mental health problems. The present article describes the first home-visiting program in France to specifically target mental health questions in families living in vulnerable contexts. The CAPEDP project, involving 440 women and their families, took place in Paris and its inner suburbs from 2006 to 2011. To be eligible for inclusion, women had to be (i) under 26 years old, (ii) less that 27 weeks pregnant, (iii) sufficiently fluent in French to give truly informed consent to participate in the study and benefit from the intervention and (iv) presenting with one or more of the following social vulnerability factors: low income, low educational level, and/or intending to bring up the child without the child's father. The intervention consisted of 44 home visits from the third trimester of pregnancy through to the child's second birthday. The aim of the intervention was to promote infant mental health and reduce the incidence of infant mental health problems at the age of two years. The intervention paid particular attention to postnatal maternal depression and promoting parenting skills and attachment security, particularly through the use of video during home-visits. A major issue was that of adapting international best practice recommendations with regard to home-visiting programs to the particularities of the existing French social and health care system. An original aspect of the intervention was to use trained clinical psychologists to conduct all home visits.[résumé auteur]

Auteur : Saias T., Greacen T., Tubach F., Dugravier R., Marcault E., Tereno S., Tremblay R.E., Guedeney A., CAPEDP STUDY GROUP
Global Health Promotion, 2013, vol. 20, n°. 2Supplément, p. 66-70