Title

Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up: Addressing the Needs of Infants and Toddlers Exposed to Inadequate or Problematic Caregiving

Date

2017

Author(s)

Mary Dozier and Kristin Bernard

Type of Product

Model(s)

  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC)

Description

Parental sensitivity is key to the development of brain architecture, self-regulatory capabilities, and secure, organized attachments for infants and young children. For a variety of reasons, many parents struggle providing sensitive, responsive care. Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) is a 10-session home visiting program developed to enhance parental sensitivity. ABC has been shown effective in enhancing parental sensitivity, and enhancing children’s attachment security and regulatory capabilities. A key feature of the intervention is providing parents practice and feedback in interacting sensitively with their children. Effectiveness in dissemination sites has been impressive, likely because treatment fidelity is defined well and monitored carefully. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Record and document reviews

Status

Finished

For More Information

Dozier, M., & Bernard, K. (2017). Attachment and biobehavioral catch-up: Addressing the needs of infants and toddlers exposed to inadequate or problematic caregiving. Current Opinion in Psychology, 15, 111–117. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.03.003
Author Contact Information:
Mary Dozier
mdozier@psych.udel.edu

Topics

  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes
  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity