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April 21, 1999

Long-term Effects of Home Visits on Children's Behavior

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(15):1375-1377. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-15-jbk0421

To the Editor: Dr Olds and colleagues1 have documented the long-term value of the prenatal and early infant nurse home visitor for high-risk mothers. How can this model, proven to lower rates of adolescent antisocial and criminal behavior, be more widely implemented? The authors note that the US Department of Justice now supports an effort to make this program more available. Dr Earls2 in his accompanying Editorial laments the current lack of public policy to advance this approach, regardless of how compelling the evidence.

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