Conceptual underpinnings of the family support movement

Helen Scannell Thomas

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In communities across the nation, rapid expansion of programs seeking to promote healthy development of children by strengthening families has been taking place. These diverse programs are reshaping traditional approaches to families and children and are becoming important catalysts for change in human service delivery systems. Historically rooted in our culture and past initiatives, the family support movement is grounded in theories of the ecology of human development and social support. As popularity for these programs grows, preserving the underlying values and operating principles of family support is essential. Pediatric nurse practitioners can be strong advocates for these principles within their communities and health care settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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