Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Responsive parenting: interventions and outcomes

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2006

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 8
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
WHO reference number: 84:992-999



Responsiveness, a mother’s/caregiver’s prompt, contingent and appropriate interaction with the child, is a vital parenting tool with wide-ranging benefits for the child, from better cognitive and psychosocial development to protection from disease and mortality. By conducting a systematic review of literature from both developed and developing countries, two facets of responsive parenting are examined— its role in child health and development and the effectiveness of interventions to enhance it. Results reveal that interventions are effective in enhancing maternal responsiveness, resulting in better child health and development, especially for the neediest populations.