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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 parental disorder on infant mental health

Effect of parental disorder on infant mental health Disturbances in early relationships, and interaction between parents with borderline personality disorder and their children, begin in infancy, because of inappropriate reading of infant cues. Some mothers describe feeling estranged, anxious, overwhelmed or even angry with infants from birth. Mothers who have experienced early abuse may be […]

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Effects on infant and parent mental health

Effects on infant and parent mental health As noted previously, there is little evidence available on the effects of disability or delay in an infant on infant mental health. It is clear, however, that there is a process of grief that parents go through and there are possible effects on the establishment of the attachment […]

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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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The Mental Health Service and the Community

The Mental Health Service and the Community In calmer times, college mental health services had to justify their existence within the academic community. Th e public relations challenge was explaining why an institution of higher learning should bother funding a fringe activity like psychological treatment. In today’s climate of acting-out students and the negative publicity […]

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