Community‐based child and family services—many questions remain

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In a description of baseline characteristics of experimental and control families that are to be part of an evidence‐based intervention study, Sundelin et al. found, contrary to expectations, a negative association between high socio‐economic status (SES) and child outcomes.

: Allowing for possible study limitations, the results of Sundelin et al. further the argument that community‐based services should be provided universally to all children and families, rather than attempting to target services on the basis of SES.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Centre for Community Child Health, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, and Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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