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Patterns of instability and change during the first year in typically developing infants
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Utvecklingspsykologi och IHV)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5025-9975
2012 (English)In: Infant Mental Health Journal, 33 [Abstract Supplement 143-144] / [ed] K. Puura, M. Tomlinson. N.W. Boris & M. Sorsa, 2012Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A range of researchers in both Europe and the US (e.g.Brazelton, Plooij, and Trevarthen) have proposed that infant development proceeds through periods of regression atspecific points in time. Studies in several European countries have, independently confirmed this hypothesis, makingit possible to identify up to eight periods of regression (or periods of rapid change as suggested by Trevarthen andAitken, 2003) during the first year of life. These findings are still relatively unknown and have not rendered muchattention by the neither researchers nor clinicians. This presentation will summarize the European findings and tiethem to the current theoretical debate as well as to Brazelton’s concept of touchpoints (Sparrow & Brazelton, 2006).It will also be argued that the observed periods of rapid change in infancy, if taken seriously, will have a strongimpact on professional training, clinical service and future research.

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, Infant Mental Health Journal, ISSN 1097-0355
Keyword [en]
Infant Development, Mental Health, Change
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Psychiatry
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80678OAI: diva2:547790
World Association for Infant Mental Health, 13th Biennial World Congress, Cap Town, South Africa
Available from: 2012-08-28 Created: 2012-08-28 Last updated: 2013-09-12

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