Minding the Baby® Research
Grounded in attachment theory and reflective parenting, MTB-HV provides an integrated model of care for young families that bridges primary care and mental health approaches to enhancing the parent-infant relationship. MTB-HV clinicians provide direct clinical service for young families, who also participate in voluntary evaluation research.
The pilot phase of the initial research conducted at Yale began in 2002, when the first MTB-HV families were recruited. MTB-HV clinicians have served nearly 150 economically disadvantaged and ethnic minority families in New Haven since 2002, with more than 300 additional families served through program replication in Connecticut, Florida, England, Scotland, and Denmark.
The intervention has been tested in two federally supported randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in New Haven, with a number of notable outcomes, described under Findings. On-going program evaluation continues to be a part of the clinical work in three sites in Connecticut (New Haven, Norwalk, and Stamford), while an independent multi-year RCT is underway as part of the Denmark implementation.
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