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Contains evidence from reviews of early childhood home visitation programs to prevent child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, violence by children participating in the program, and violence by parents (other than child maltreatment or intimate partner violence)
The number of studies and publications do not always correspond (e.g., a publication may include several studies or one study may be explained in several publications).
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The following outlines the search strategy used for evidence reviews of early childhood home visitation programs to prevent child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, violence by children participating in the program, and violence by parents (other than child maltreatment or intimate partner violence).
Electronic searches for literature were conducted in Medline, EMBASE, ERIC, NTIS (National Technical Information Service), PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Reference Service), and CINAHL. We also reviewed the references listed in all retrieved articles, and consulted with experts on the systematic review development team and elsewhere. We used journal papers, government reports, books, and book chapters.
The initial literature search on the topic was conducted in August 2000 and a second (update) search was conducted in July 2001. Articles were considered for inclusion in the systematic review if they had the following characteristics:
- Evaluated the specified intervention
- Published before July 2001
- Assessed at least one of the violent outcomes specified
- Conducted in an established market economy
- Primary study rather than, for example, a guideline or review
- Compared a group of people who had been exposed to the intervention with a group of people who had not been exposed or who had been less exposed (comparisons could be concurrent or in the same group over time)