A major collection of writings from an internationally acclaimed researcher.
Ed Tronick, who has been teaching at Harvard for twenty years, has authored some of the key studies in infant and child development. Here, he gathers together major writings that present field-defining work on mother/infant relationships, emotional connection, and the healthy development of infants and children. This is a must-have for anyone interested in this field and a long-awaited book for practitioners.
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Part One: Neurobehavior. Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale; the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on newborn neurobehavioral performance.
Part Two: Culture. Cross-cultural studies of development; the role of culture in brain organization, child development, and parenting; multiple caretaking in the context of evolution; regulatory systems for Peruvian infants at high altitudes; mother-infant interaction among the Gusii of Kenya
Part Three: Social Emotional Interaction. Challenges to the coping infant; emotions and emotional communication in infants; a mutual regulation model; infant-mother face-to-face interaction; the transfer of affect between mothers and infants.
Part Four: Perturbations: Natural and Experimental. The primary of social skills in infancy; the infant's response to entrapment between contradictory messages in face-to-face interaction; depressed mothers and infants; infants' response to mothers' affective behavior; impact of maternal psychiatric illness of infant development; effects of maternal depression and panic disorder on mother-infant interactive behavior in the face-to-face still-face paradigm; gender differences and their relation to maternal depression; infant moods and the chronicity of depressive symptoms.
Part Five: Dyadic Expansion of Consciousness and Meaning Making. Dyadically expanded states of consciousness and the process of therapeutic change; implicit relational knowing; non-interpretive mechanisms in psychoanalytic therapy; emotional connections and dyadic consciousness in infant-mother and patient-therapist interactions; a model of infant mood states; how co-creative processes generate unique mother-infant and patient-therapist relationships; understanding therapeutic change; the formation of dyadic states of consciousness
About the Author:
Ed Tronick is program director of the Child Development Unit at Children’s Hospital, associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and author of more than one hundred articles on infant and child development. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.