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PMID:  21512615     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Despite prompts from the field of family therapy since its inception, contemporary infant mental health theory and practice remain firmly rooted in and guided by dyadic-based models. Over the past 10 years, a groundswell of new empirical studies of triadic and family group dynamics during infancy have substantiated that which family theory has contended for decades: looking beyond mother-infant or father-infant dyads reveals a myriad of critically important socialization influences and dynamics that are missed altogether when relying on informant reports or dyad-based interactions. Such family-level dynamics emerge within months after infants are born, show coherence through time, and influence the social and emotional adjustment of children as early as the toddler and preschool years. This report summarizes key findings from the past decade of empirical family studies, highlights several areas in need of further conceptual development and empirical study by those who work with infants and their families, and outlines important implications of this body of work for all practicing infant mental health professionals.
James P McHale
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant mental health journal     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0163-9641     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8007859     Medline TA:  Infant Ment Health J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  370-392     Citation Subset:  -    
University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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K02 HD047505-02//NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD042179-04//NICHD NIH HHS; R03 MH055660-02//NIMH NIH HHS; R29 HD037172-05//NICHD NIH HHS

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