Evaluation of Family Preservation and Reunification Programs: Interim Report. 8.8.2 Household Condition


As in the caretaker interview, we asked caseworkers about conditions in the home. Caseworkers were asked 13 yes-no questions, some positive and some negative. These items were combined in a scale which indicated that in Kentucky and New Jersey at post-treatment, control group families had, on average, a significantly better household condition than did experimental group families (Kentucky: p = .014; New Jersey: p = .02). In both states, for both groups the analysis of change over time indicated a slight improvement in the condition of the household. The difference between the experimental and control groups in change over time was not significant in either state. In Tennessee, there was no difference between groups at post-treatment or in change over time (both groups declined by .01).