The relevance of infant observation for early intervention: Containment in theory and practice

Rustin, Margaret (2014) The relevance of infant observation for early intervention: Containment in theory and practice. Infant Observation: The International Journal of Infant Observation and Its Applications, 17 (2). pp. 97-114. ISSN 1369-8036

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This paper explores the links between the practice of Infant Observation as a mode of study of early development, and a means of training future clinicians and others, and its potential use in research and early intervention, particularly in respect of risk. Material from an infant observation undertaken as part of a clinical training is quoted before moving on to two illustrations of babies at risk – one of developing autism, and the other, a baby in foster care, observed as part of a research project into what happens to babies taken into care. Both illustrations are observation-based interventions, rather than pure observations, and are seen as providing good evidence for development of the practice to support healthier development in vulnerable infants and to enrich the understanding of social workers and others who take significant decisions about the lives of young children.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 22 Jul 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: Observation, Supporting Mothers, Observation Based Interventions, Vulnerable Babies, Child Development Research
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Department/People: Honorary Staff

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