Department of Psychiatry

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-2223

Grant awarded for Culturally Sensitive Attachment-Based Parenting Intervention

December 17, 2012

Congratulations to Anilla Del Fabbro , M.D., for receiving funding from UNM’S Clinical and Translational Science Center  (CTSC) for her proposed study, “A Culturally Sensitive Attachment-Based Parenting Intervention in Depressed Hispanic Mothers.”

The study is designed to address health priorities and disparities in New Mexico communities. Currently Hispanics represent more than 46 percent of the population in our state. This, compounded with the fact that there is a higher prevalence of depression in Hispanic women compared to other groups, is the rationale for focusing on predominantly Spanish-speaking immigrant mothers.

The parenting intervention to be used is called the “Circle of Security” (COS). According to Dr. Del Fabbro, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department, COS is based in Attachment Theory. It aims at improving parental skills early in motherhood to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect. One key component of COS is helping parents develop their ability to reflect on their own and their child’s behavior, and to reflect on experiences in their own histories that affect their current caregiving patterns. “Current Attachment research shows that there is direct correlation between a caregiver’s capacity for reflective function and the security of the child,” says Del Fabbro.

Based at UNMH’s Young Children’s Health Center (YCHC), the study is funded from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013. According to its website, the Center is a community-based pediatric clinic providing “comprehensive health services to families with children from birth to young adulthood residing in the southeast heights of Albuquerque. Staff is bilingual Spanish/English in order to better serve the community. Special components of this clinic include home visitation to families with babies 0-36 months, behavioral health services, case management, and outreach activities to local schools and the community center . . . .”