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Research and Practice in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health


Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 13)

About this book


This book examines infant and early childhood mental health and the importance of early emotional and social development for later developmental trajectories. It incorporates research and clinical perspectives and brings research findings to bear in evaluating intervention strategies. By incorporating empirical developmental literature that is directly relevant to infant mental health and clinical practice, the book addresses the multiple forces which shape young children’s mental health. These forces include child factors, parental and familial variables, childrearing practices, and environmental influences. In addition, the book explores parent-child relationships, family networks, and social supports as protective factors, as well as risk factors such as poverty, exposure to violence, and substance abuse, which influence and change developmental processes. It shows that, by examining socio-emotional development in a cultural context, human development in the twenty-first century can be conceptualized through differences, similarities and diversity perspectives, focusing on the rights of every individual child.


Consultative models in early childhood mental health Foundations of mental health in young children Infant and early childhood mental health Interplay between nature and nurture in mental health Relational imperative in mental health in young children Wellbeing and mental health in young children

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Paul Baerwald SchlofSocWrkSocWelfareThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

About the authors

After working for over 25 years developing programs for children with special needs, consulting in the field of early childhood mental health in hospitals and government agencies, I now devote my time to clinical research at the Hebrew University. My research interests include developmental psychopathology, outcome measures and developmental trajectories for children at risk and the interplay between child, family and environmental variables affecting these trajectories, specifically in autism spectrum disorders.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Research and Practice in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Authors Cory Shulman
  • Series Title Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Children's Well-Being
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-31179-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80984-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-31181-4
  • Series ISSN 1879-5196
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-520X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 226
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child Well-being
    Personality and Social Psychology
    Maternal and Child Health
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