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Getting reliable information about the home environment in at-risk families: A systematic literature review

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This systematic literature review aimed to gain an overview of
studies using the Middle Childhood-Home Observation for
Measurement of the Environment Inventory (MC-HOME
Inventory), and to compare mean scores between the studies.
PubMed, PsycINFO, EMBASE and SCOPUS were searched to
find eligible studies. The literature search yielded a total of
532 articles. Seventeen studies investigating 5083 families were
included. Studies were divided into population based samples
and high-risk samples. Results showed that the MC-HOME
Inventory is a widely used interview for the assessment of
the home environment, and as documented by the studies of
this review the HOME Inventories will help identify families in
need of support and stimulation. Studies have shown internal
validity and consistency of the Inventory. The finding of overlapping
total mean scores between studies of general populations
and high-risk populations could be due to the broad
definition of high-risk populations as well as methodological
differences between the studies. To strengthen the methodology
and enable comparison it is recommended that studies
follow the guidelines provided in the HOME Administration.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)381-401
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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