Implementing Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) -Infant Meets HHS Criteria

Model implementation summary last updated: 2020

The information in this implementation report reflects feedback, if provided, from this model’s developer as of the above date. The description of the implementation of the model(s) here may differ from how the model(s) was implemented in the manuscripts reviewed to determine this model’s evidence of effectiveness. Inclusion in the implementation report does not mean the practices described meet the HHS criteria for evidence of effectiveness. Please see the Effectiveness button on the left for more information about any research on the effectiveness of the model, including any version(s) of the model with effectiveness research. Versions of the model that are described in the Adaptations and enhancements section of this implementation report may include (1) versions that were identified by the model’s developer and (2) versions that have been implemented by researchers and have manuscripts that HomVEE rated high or moderate, but that are not supported by the model’s developer.

Materials and forms to support implementation

Service delivery forms

Sample consent forms and program evaluation questionnaires are available.
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Assessment tools

Parent coaches observe caregivers playing with their children before and after the intervention to assess how caregivers change on the targeted behaviors. During the certification process, the program development team gives trainees feedback on their coding of these assessments.
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The 10 home visiting sessions follow a curriculum that addresses caregivers’ nurturing, whether they are following the lead of children and delighting in children’s behaviors, and whether they are avoiding behavior that could frighten children.

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Available languages

Parent coaches can implement the model in English and Spanish, and they can also be supervised in English and Spanish. A guide for training in other languages has been developed and implemented in Russia, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Taiwan.
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Fidelity measurement

Fidelity is measured as part of the certification and recertification processes (described under Pre-Service Staff Training).
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Fidelity standards

Intervention and coding manuals (described under Training materials) are available during training.

Fidelity standards are based on the frequency and quality of "in the moment" comments. Coaches are required to meet a certain rate of commenting for each session (for example, one comment per minute), as well as a certain quality (for example, comments are on target 80 percent of the time).

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Implementation notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in July 2020. Recommended further reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Caroline Roben in April 2020. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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