Providers’ Reported and Actual Use of Coaching Strategies in Natural Environments
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This case study examined the agreement between reported and actual use of coaching strategies based on home visit data collected on a diverse sample of providers and families. Paired videotape and contact note data of and from providers of what transpired during those home visits were collected over a six month period and analyzed using structured protocols. Results of both descriptive and correlation analyses indicated providers used a range of coaching strategies, tended to underreport (under-represent) their efforts on contact notes, and demonstrated practices that were primarily collaborative and family-centered. Agreement between actual and reported use of coaching strategies was variable and did not support our anticipated finding. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.