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Effect of high-risk environments on infant mental health

Effect of high-risk environments on infant mental health Babies and infants in high-risk environments are at risk of forming disturbed attachments with their primary caregivers because of the unavailability of a consistently nurturing parent. Infants with insecure and disorganised attachments struggle to develop emotional self-regulation, as it is within a secure attachment that the neural […]

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Effect of ante-natal mental health problems

Effect of ante-natal mental health problems Stressful life events in the ante-natal period affect parental physical and mental well-being. This can impact on foetal and therefore infant development and mental health in a number of ways. There are the possible effects of maternal mental health on obstetric outcomes, and potentially on the neurobiological development of […]

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Psychological factors that may affect infant mental health

Psychological factors that may affect infant mental health include imaginings about the unborn baby and changes to the parent’s identity. This requires a reworking of experiences and attitudes about one’s family of origin experiences. It involves intra-psychic changes as well as actual changes in the relationships with parents and other family members. One aspect of […]

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Approaches to intervention in infant mental health

Approaches to intervention in infant mental health Interventions in the infant period have the core aim of promoting infant development and motivating infant potential. Interventions may occur or be targeted at multiple levels of the individual, family and social system. For example the focus may be the infant individually, the infant–parent relationship, the family, the […]

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Influences on the field of infant mental health

Influences on the field of infant mental health Understanding of early childhood development has been influenced by psychoanalytic theory, object relations theory, attachment theory and developmental psychology. Infant research has contributed to an understanding of the capacities of the newborn to interact with the environment and to organise the self and experiences in an active […]

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Why is infant mental health important?

Why is infant mental health important? The relationship between any particular early experience and later infant outcome is not a simple linear one (Zeanah, Boris & Larrieu, 1997). Development proceeds as a complex series of interactions between the innate qualities of infants, their experiences in interaction with their physical and social world, and their capacity […]

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What is infant mental health?

Infant mental health is a multidisciplinary field of research and clinical practice. It is an area of rapidly expanding knowledge and of innovation in clinical interventions. At its core is recognition that infancy is a foundational developmental period, physically, psychologically and socially, that infant development occurs within the context of key caregiving relationships, and that […]

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social concerns in health care and nursing

  social concerns in health care and nursing Whether clients present with sexual concerns or these concerns arise later in treatment, it is important for therapists to appreciate contemporary sexual lexicons. Students oft en bifurcate their experiences as “sex” and “not sex”—even though they may disagree about what constitutes “sex” (Reinisch & Sanders, 1999). Whereas […]

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types of mental health consultation

types of mental health consultation There are many types of consultation, depending on the setting and the desired goals. These types are not mutually exclusive. Consultants may choose to specialize in a specific type, may work in some or all of the following areas, or may creatively develop unique practice niches. Clinical Consultation Clinical consultation […]

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why consulting is important for mental health practitioners

Private practitioners have felt increasingly squeezed financially after the growth of the managed care industry. To find out how practitioners were dealing with this, Steven Walfish (2001) surveyed psychologists and asked them to identify activities in their independent practice that fall outside the purview of managed care. A total of 180 specific activities were identified […]

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