Brief Mental Health and Well-Being Among Home Visitors
Stressors, Supports, and Service Implications
Heather Sandstrom, Peter Willenborg, Mariel Sparr, Colleen Morrison
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Home visitors experience stress and anxiety on the job. Recurring exposure to the challenges and trauma of others can contribute to burnout, poor physical and mental health, and even secondary trauma. These factors impact home visitor retention and, ultimately, the quality of services.

Home visiting programs can alleviate workforce issues and promote home visitors’ job satisfaction and retention by reducing job stressors and providing protective supports. This Research Snapshot brief summarizes the existing research to answer four questions:

  • What factors contribute to home visitors’ mental health and well-being?
  • How do home visitors’ mental health and well-being influence service quality?
  • How can home visiting programs reduce stressors and support home visitors?
  • What are the implications for research and practice?

It also includes examples of statewide training efforts. Read the full brief for more details.


This brief was developed for the National Home Visiting Resource Center and is available on its website. The NHVRC is led by James Bell Associates in partnership with the Urban Institute. Support is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Research Areas Education Families Children and youth Workforce
Tags Workforce development Workplace and industry studies Children's health and development Beyond high school: education and training Kids in context
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population