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Minding the Baby®

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Last Updated: November 2014

In Brief for Positive Parenting Practices Outcomes

Impact Studies Rated Moderate


Sadler, L. S., Slade, A., Close, N., Webb, D. L., Simpson, T., Fennie, K., & Mayes, L. C. (2013). Minding the Baby: Enhancing reflectiveness to improve early health and relationship outcomes in an interdisciplinary home-visiting program. Infant Mental Health Journal, 34(5), 391-405.
Additional Source:

Sadler, L. S., Slade, A., Close, N., & Mayes, L. (2011). Minding the Baby: A mentalization-based parenting program for young families. (Presentation slides).

Show Study Effects Details
Outcome Effect Sample Timing of Follow-Up Sample Size Program Group Comparison Group Mean Difference or Odds Ratio
Statistical Significance
Effect Size
Outcome Type
Parent Development Interview - maternal reflexive functioning No Effect Minding the Baby pilot - 24 months 24 months 75 mothers Mean = 3.6 Mean = 3.7 MD = -0.1 p = 0.38 HomVEE-calculated = -0.09 Secondary
Strange Situation Procedure - Disorganized attachment No Effect Minding the Baby pilot - 12 months 12 months 71 mothers Mean = 27% Mean = 43% MD = -16% p = 0.49 HomVEE-calculated = -0.3 Primary
Strange Situation Procedure - Secure attachment No Effect Minding the Baby pilot - 12 months 12 months 71 mothers Mean = 64.4% Mean = 48.4% MD = 16% p = 0.28 HomVEE-calculated = 0.39 Primary
Show Study Outcome Measure Summary
Outcome Description of Measure Data Collection Method Properties of the Outcome Measure Outcome Type
Parent Development Interview - maternal reflexive functioning 22-item clinical interview to assess a woman's emotional experience of pregnancy and the nature of her developing relationship with her baby. Videotape Not provided Secondary
Strange Situation Procedure - Disorganized attachment 30-minute laboratory separation procedure to assess child's attachment to his or her caregiver; results in classification of child as secure, avoidant, disorganized, or resistant. Videotape Not provided Primary
Strange Situation Procedure - Secure attachment 30-minute laboratory separation procedure to assess child's attachment to his or her caregiver; results in classification of child as secure, avoidant, disorganized, or resistant. Videotape Not provided Primary
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