Effects of ABC Implementation - ABC Parenting
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Effects of ABC Implementation

Effects of ABC Implementation


-Parents seen by community-based clinicians in Hawaii showed improvements from pre-to post-intervention in sensitivity, delight, and intrusiveness (Caron, Weston-Lee, Haggerty & Dozier, 2016). Frequency and quality of the hypothesized active ingredient of ABC, in the moment comments, predicted parent behavior change, as well as likelihood of early dropout, in this sample (Caron, Bernard & Dozier, 2016).

-Large effect sizes for parent behavior change have also been found in a larger sample of 108 parents seen by 37 parent coaches in 5 dissemination sites (Roben, Dozier, Caron & Bernard, 2017).


-In a small community-based randomized clinical trial, families who participated in ABC had lower scores on child abuse potential, parenting stress, and child internalizing and externalizing behaviors than families who were in a wait-list control condition (Sprang, 2009).


-In a second small community-based RCT testing for intervention effectiveness for new mothers receiving residential substance abuse treatment, mothers who participated in ABC demonstrated more sensitive parenting behaviors than mothers in the control group (Berlin, Shanahan, & Appleyard Carmody, 2014).


-In a third community-based RCT, in a primarily Latina sample (87% percent), parents received a combined treatment of ABC and Early Head Start, or Early Head start alone. Participants who completed the enhanced treatment of ABC and Early Head Start together showed more change in maternal sensitivity, intrusiveness, and positive regard than those parents who had received Early Head Start alone (Berlin, Martoccio, & Jones Harden, in press). Qualitative research with this sample also found ABC to be feasible, of value, and culturally relevant to the primarily Latino community (Aparicio, Denmark, Berlin, & Jones Hardin, 2016).

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