Title

The Effectiveness of an Attachment-Based Intervention in Promoting Foster Mothers’ Sensitivity Toward Foster Infants

Date

2013

Author(s)

Johanna Bick and Mary Dozier

Type of Product

Journal Publication

Model(s)

  • Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC)

Description

Infants in foster care need sensitive, responsive caregivers to promote their healthy outcomes. The current study examined the effectiveness of the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Intervention, a short-term, targeted, attachment-based intervention program designed to promote sensitive caregiving behavior among foster mothers. Ninety-six foster mother–infant dyads participated in this study; 44 dyads were assigned to the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Intervention, and 52 dyads were assigned to a control intervention. Results of hierarchical linear modeling indicated that foster mothers who were assigned to the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Intervention showed greater improvements in their sensitivity from pre- to post intervention assessment time points when compared with foster mothers who were assigned to the control intervention. We conclude that a short-term, targeted, attachment-based intervention is effective in changing foster mothers’ responsiveness to their foster infants, which is critical for foster infants’ healthy socioemotional adjustment. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Home Visit Observations

Status

Finished

For More Information

Bick, J., & Dozier, M. (2013). The effectiveness of an attachment-based intervention in promoting foster mothers' sensitivity toward foster infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 34(2), 95–103. DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21373
Author Contact Information:
Mary Dozier
mdozier@udel.edu

Topics

  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes