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Investigating the parent/health visitor relationship: Can it be measured?

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Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)548 - 558
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Visting
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2015


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The claim that parent/health visitor (HV) relationships
are essential for positive outcomes is widely supported, but
also contested. Within psychotherapy and other helping
professions, researchers have developed measures to
demonstrate that the relationship with the therapist is, indeed,
linked to positive outcomes. In health visiting no such tools
exist, so there is no way to measure any potential benefits from
the relationship. This paper explores the reasons why measures
used in psychotherapy and other helping relationships may be
unsuitable for measuring parent/HV relationships. It reviews
a number of measures used and argues the need for a specific
parent/HV relationship tool.

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