Moving an Evidence-Based Parenting Program Into the Community




Caroline K.P. Roben, Mary Dozier, EB Caron, and Kristin Bernard

Brief Type

Journal Publication


  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC)


Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) is a parenting program developed to enhance sensitivity among parents of infants who experience early adversity. In several randomized clinical trials, the intervention's efficacy has been demonstrated. Moving interventions into the community with adequate fidelity is challenging, though, and intervention effects are often much smaller than when tested in randomized clinical trials. To enhance the likelihood that ABC is delivered with high fidelity, a microanalytic fidelity assessment was developed. Using this fidelity tool as a central component of training, supervision, and certification, changes in parent sensitivity for 108 families with children ages 6 months to 2 years were as large as those seen in laboratory settings. These findings are discussed with regard to implications for moving other evidence-based interventions into the community. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Home Visit Observations
  • Parent-child observations
  • Site visits
  • Standardized assessment tools



For More Information

Roben, C. K. P., Dozier, M., Caron, E. B., & Bernard, K. (2017). Moving an evidence-based parenting program into the community. Child Development, 88, 5, 1447-1452.
doi: 10.1111/cdev.12898
Author contact information:
Caroline Roben


  • Home Visiting Workforce Characteristics and Workforce Development
  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes
  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity