Building Early Social and Emotional Relationships with Infants and Toddlers

Integrating Research and Practice

  • Amanda Sheffield Morris
  • Amy C. Williamson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Amanda Sheffield Morris, Amy Treat, Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Tessa Chesher, Amy C. Williamson, Julia Mendez
    Pages 1-25
  3. Tiffany N. Spierling, Lucia Ciciolla, Stacy Tiemeyer, Karina M. Shreffler
    Pages 27-57
  4. Tracy Moran Vozar, Anna R. Breuer, Amie Lofton, Sherry S. Heller, Amber Evenson
    Pages 59-79
  5. Amy C. Williamson, Laura Hubbs-Tait, Janna Colaizzi, Amy Huffer
    Pages 81-101
  6. Holly E. Brophy-Herb, Erika London Bocknek, Hailey Hyunjin Choi, Neda Senehi, Sarah N. Douglas
    Pages 157-181
  7. Lara R. Robinson, Sophie A. Hartwig, D. Camille Smith, Akilah H. Lee, Lauren W. Forbes, Ruth Perou et al.
    Pages 183-211
  8. Amanda H. Costello, Caroline K. P. Roben, Mary Dozier
    Pages 213-235
  9. Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Ruth Slocum, Jerry D. Root, Cara Bosler, Amanda Sheffield Morris
    Pages 277-303
  10. Lana O. Beasley, Dolores S. Bigfoot, Hannah K. Curren
    Pages 305-323
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 343-351

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the process of building healthy early social and emotional relationships with infants from a developmental perspective. The book synthesizes current research on the contextual influences of attachment, family relationships, and caregiving practices on social-emotional development. Chapters examine the processes of socioemotional development—particularly in relationships with parents, other family members, and peers—and identify areas for promoting healthy attachments and resilience, improving caregiving skills, and intervening in traumatic and stressful situations.  Chapters also present empirically-supported intervention and prevention programs focused on building early relationships from birth through three years of age. The book concludes with future directions for supporting infant mental health and its vital importance as a component of research, clinical and educational practice, and child and family policy.

Topics featured in this book include:

  • The effect of prenatal and neonatal attachment on social and emotional development.
  • The impact of primary relationships and early experiences in toddlerhood.
  • Toddler autonomy and peer awareness in the context of families and child care.
  • Supporting early social and emotional relationships through The Legacy for Children™ Intervention.
  • How to build early relationship programming across various cultures.

Building Early Social and Emotional Relationships with Infants and Toddlers is a must-have reference for researchers, clinicians and professionals, and graduate students in the fields of infant mental health, developmental psychology, pediatrics, public health, family studies, and early childhood education.


Adverse infant and early childhood events Attachment and infant mental health Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) Caregiving and infant mental health Circle of Security intervention Early intervention and infant mental health Fatherhood and building early relationships Infancy and early child development Infant assessment and intervention Infant development and early relationships Infant mental health and building early relationships Legacy for ChildrenTM program Motherhood and building early relationships Parenting and building early relationships Prevention and infant mental health Resilience and infant mental health Toddlerhood and early relationships Toddler assessment and intervention Touchpoints Model of Development Tulsa Children’s Project

Editors and affiliations

  • Amanda Sheffield Morris
    • 1
  • Amy C. Williamson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family ScienceOklahoma State UniversityTulsaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human Development and Family ScienceOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA

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