Environmental Factors in the Early Screening of Children at Risk

  • Arnold J. Sameroff
Part of the Topics in Developmental Psychobiology book series (TDP)


The task of developmental screening has been to seek measures that will identify children who are at a high risk for having later problems. Traditional screening measures have focused on child behavior, the rationale being that the best way to predict how children will perform in the future is to examine how they perform in the present. The past and the present may well be the best predictors of the future for individuals with demonstrated stable continuities in behavior. However, when young children are the target, such stabilities are difficult to find (Seifer & Sameroff, 1984), for infancy is a period of transitions. Within the first 3 years of life, the child is transformed from a being who is completely dependent on the caregiving environment to one who has mobility, language, and a sense of self and others.


Stressful Life Event Developmental Outcome Maternal Anxiety Family Social Support Parental Mental Illness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnold J. Sameroff
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  1. 1.Institute for the Study of Developmental DisabilitiesUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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