The New Patterns study: coordinated measures to combat child poverty

Eirin Mølland* (Corresponding Author), Kristine L. Vigsnes, Tormod Bøe, Hilde Danielsen, Kjetil Grimastad Lundberg, Kristin Haraldstad, Torunn Alise Ask, Philip Wilson, Eirik Abildsnes

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Background. Child poverty rates are rising in Norway with potential negative consequences for children. Services for families with low income are often fragmented and poorly integrated, and few coordinated initiatives have been implemented and evaluated in Norway.
Aims. The aim of the current study is to evaluate how integrated and coordinated services provided over a prolonged period by a family coordinator are related to changes across a wide range of health, well-being and home environment indicators for the participants.
Methods. The study uses a mixed methods approach utilizing survey and register data, as well as information from interviews and shadowing, to document and evaluate outcomes associated with the intervention and the process of implementation. Data are gathered at baseline and annually throughout the duration of the study. Participants are identified to
facilitate longer-term follow-up using register data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-579
Number of pages9
JournalScandinavian Journal of Public Health
Issue number5
Early online date15 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

The authors would like to thank the participating families and municipalities in the New Patterns study and the FCs for the commitment to the study.
The study has received support from the Norwegian Research council (grant # 295686)


  • Family interventions
  • social inequality
  • childhood poverty
  • low-income population
  • service coordination


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