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4th Edition

Handbook of Infant Mental Health

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ISBN 9781462537105
Published November 30, 2018 by Guilford Press
678 Pages

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The definitive reference in the field--now significantly revised with 75% new material--this volume examines typical and atypical development from birth to the preschool years and identifies what works in helping children and families at risk. Foremost experts explore neurobiological, family, and sociocultural factors in infant mental health, with a major focus on primary caregiving relationships. Risk factors for developmental problems are analyzed, and current information on disorders and disabilities of early childhood is presented. The volume showcases evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention and describes applications in mental health, primary care, child care, and child welfare settings.

New to This Edition:
*Chapters on genetic and epigenetic processes, executive functions, historical trauma, and neglect.
*Chapters on additional clinical problems: hyperactivity and inattention, sensory overresponsivity, and relationship-specific disorder.
*Chapters on additional interventions: attachment and biobehavioral catch-up, video-feedback intervention to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline, parent–child interaction therapy, and home visiting programs.
*Existing chapters all rewritten or revised to reflect a decade's worth of empirical and clinical advances.

Table of Contents

I. Development and Context
1. Infant Mental Health: The Clinical Science of Early Experience, Charles H. Zeanah, Jr. & Paula Doyle Zeanah
2. Pregnancy and Infant Mental Health, Arietta Slade & Lois S. Sadler
3. Neurobiology of Fetal and Infant Development: Implications for Infant Mental Health, Anne E. Berens & Charles A. Nelson
4. Genetic and Epigenetic Processes in Infant Mental Health, Andrew R. Dismukes, Elizabeth A. Shirtcliff, & Stacy S. Drury
5. The Neurobiology of Stress and Adversity in Infancy, Stephanie F. Thompson, Cara J. Kiff, & Katie A. McLaughlin
6. Infant Social and Emotional Development: Emerging Competence in a Relational Context, Katherine L. Rosenblum, Carolyn J. Dayton, & Maria Muzik
7. Emerging Executive Functions in Early Childhood, Jennifer M. McDermott & Nathan A. Fox
8. Wounds from the Past: Integrating Historical Trauma into a Multicultural Infant Mental Health Framework, Chandra Michiko Ghosh Ippen
II. Risk and Protective Factors
9. Poverty, Early Experience and Brain Development, Luciane R. Piccolo & Kimberly G. Noble
10. Postnatal Depression and Young Children’s Development, Lynne Murray, Sarah Halligan, & Peter Cooper
11. Parental Substance Abuse, Neil W. Boris, Kimberly Renk, Amanda Lowell, & Ellen Kolomeyer
12. Prematurity: Identifying Risks and Promoting Resilience, Prachi E. Shah, Joy Browne, & Julie Poehlmann-Tynan
13. The Effects of Violent Experiences on Infants and Young Children, Daniel S. Schechter, Erica Willheim, Francesca Suardi, & Sandra Rusconi Serpa
14. Neglect, Kathryn L. Humphreys, Lucy S. King, & Ian H. Gotlib
III. Assessment
15. Caregiver Report Measures of Early Childhood Social Emotional Functioning, Leandra Godoy, Annie Davis, Amy Heberle, Margaret J. Briggs-Gowan, & Alice S. Carter
16. Assessing the Relational Context of Infants and Young Children, Julie A. Larrieu, Melissa A. Middleton, Anna C. Kelley, & Charles H. Zeanah, Jr.
IV. Psychopathology
17. Hyperactivity, Impulsivity, and Inattention in Young Children, Mary Margaret Gleason & Kathryn L. Humphreys
18. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Marianne L. Barton & Julia Chen
19. Sensory Overresponsivity, Timothy W. Soto, Vivian M. Ciaramitaro, & Alice S. Carter
20. Communication Disorders in Infants and Toddlers, Meredith Saletta & Jennifer Windsor
21. Intellectual Disabilities, Robert M. Hodapp & Elisabeth M. Dykens
22. Sleep Disorders, Judith Owens & Melissa M. Burnham
23. Eating and Feeding Disorders in Early Childhood, Miri Keren
24. Developmental Emergence of Disruptive Behaviors Beginning in Infancy: Delineating Normal/Abnormal Boundaries to Enhance Early Identification, Dorota Biedzio & Lauren S. Wakschlag
25. Depression in Early Childhood, Joan L. Luby & Diana Whalen
26. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Young Children, Devi Miron & Whitney Sturdy
27. Attachment Disorders in Early Childhood, Julianna Finelli, Charles H. Zeanah, Jr. & Anna T. Smyke
28. Relationship-Specific Disorder of Early Childhood, Charles H. Zeanah, Jr. & Alicia F. Lieberman
V. Intervention
29. Child–Parent Psychotherapy: A Trauma-Informed Treatment for Young Children and Their Caregivers, Alicia F. Lieberman, Miriam Hernandez Dimmler, & Chandra Michiko Ghosh Ippen
30. The Circle of Security, Joe Coyne, Bert Powell, Kent Hoffman, & Glen Cooper
31. Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up, Mary Dozier & Kristin Bernard
32. Reflections on the Mirror: On Video Feedback to Promote Positive Parenting and Infant Mental Health, Marian J. Bakersmans-Kranenberg, Femmie Juffer, & Marinus H. van IJzendoorn
33. Parent–Child Interaction Therapy, Monica Stevens & Amanda N’zi
34. Foster Care in Early Childhood, Anna T. Smyke & Angela S. Breidenstine
VI. Applications of Infant Mental Health
35. Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training: Updates, New Directions, Sarah Hinshaw-Fuselier, Paula Doyle Zeanah, & Julie A. Larrieu
36. Infant Mental Health in Primary Care, Mary Margaret Gleason
37. Child Care and Early Education as Context for Infant Mental Health, Allison Boothe Trigg & Angela W. Keyes
38. Infant Mental Health and Home Visiting: Needs, Approaches, Opportunities and Cautions, Paula Doyle Zeanah & Jon Korfmacher
39. Investing in Early Childhood Development and Infant Mental Health, Geoffrey A. Nagle

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Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., MD, is the Mary Peters Sellars-Polchow Chair in Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine. He serves as Executive Director of the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. He also directs the Tulane Infant Team, a community-based intervention program for abused and neglected infants and toddlers in the New Orleans area. Dr. Zeanah has a longstanding interest in infant mental health, with clinical and research foci including the effects of adverse early experiences on the development of young children, attachment and its development in high-risk environments, psychopathology in early childhood, and infant–parent relationships. He is the recipient of honors including the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Prevention from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the Blanche F. Ittelson Award for Research in Child Psychiatry from the APA. Dr. Zeanah is a Distinguished Life Fellow of AACAP and the APA and a Board Member of Zero to Three. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Bucharest and the University of Glasgow.


"Successive editions of this handbook have given us the foremost thinking in an incredibly fast-developing area. Readers of the fourth edition will be delighted by a diversity of perspectives that define an increasingly rich field. For example, new chapters on epigenetics and historical trauma deepen our understanding that the baby is an interactive traveler on a multigenerational journey. Zeanah has yet again assembled an all-star cast of authors to help us better understand and intervene at both individual and sociocultural levels. This handbook is equally indispensable to researchers, clinicians, policymakers, educators, and graduate students. With the correct classroom supports, the fourth edition is ideal for use in graduate programs and postdoctoral seminars. Its utility as a classroom text spans psychology, developmental science, education and special education, psychiatry, social work, nursing, early intervention, pediatrics, public health, and many other disciplines."--Walter S. Gilliam, PhD, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

"Zeanah has once again brought together the leading experts in the field to provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date presentation of the science and practice of infant mental health. Chapters offer a broad view as well as specific information about early childhood development in context, risk and protective factors, assessment, psychopathology, interventions, and applications in different settings and contexts. The volume presents detailed roadmaps for clinical care, training, and advocacy. For every child psychiatry fellow and faculty member in our department, this is the core, foundational book of early childhood mental health knowledge."--Helen Link Egger, MD, Chair, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Director, Child Study Center, New York University Langone Medical Center

"As in prior editions, the fourth edition of the Handbook distills a massive body of research on neurobiological processes in the developing child and renders it digestible to readers who are less familiar with the topic. To our great fortune, coverage of neurobiology has been expanded with a cutting-edge chapter on epigenetics. Other new chapters keep pace with the rapidly evolving field of evidence-based infant mental health interventions by presenting approaches arising from varying theoretical and philosophical bases."--Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland, College Park

"From its pioneering first edition, this handbook established itself as the authoritative resource for the infant mental health field. Now in its fourth edition, this volume builds on the foundations of the previous editions, yet brings the reader up to date with thorough reviews of key topics. Newcomers to the field, students (both beginning and advanced), and experienced clinicians and researchers will all find the Handbook invaluable. It covers the main issues 'from cell to society,' is accurate and scientifically rigorous, and offers balanced descriptions of complex issues."--David Oppenheim, PhD, Department of Psychology and Center for the Study of Child Development, University of Haifa, Israel

"The fourth edition very much keeps abreast of developments in the field of infant mental health. I have read the new chapters with much enjoyment and sense of fruitfulness. The Handbook is pertinent, up to date, and a great resource for those of us working directly with infants and parents, as well as those seeking to develop the overall coordination and delivery of mental health services. All of the contributors are at the forefront of their respective areas of research and clinical activity. The Handbook is the overall textbook for our multidisciplinary training program in infant and parent mental health at the University of Melbourne. The residents and fellows in the infant mental health program at the Royal Children’s Hospital also refer to the book when providing inpatient and outpatient care."--Campbell Paul, MBBS, FRANZCP, Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia; Consultant Infant Psychiatrist, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
-If you can't find helpful information summarized here, relevant to any important or special problem pertinent to children ages 0–3, then the data do not yet exist. (on the second edition)--American Journal of Psychiatry, 5/1/2002ƒƒA comprehensive reference that is a valuable addition for a developmentally oriented clinician who interacts with young children and families. (on the second edition)--Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 6/1/2001