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The Maternal Sensitivity Program

A Model for Promoting Infant Development in Challenging Contexts

  • Presents an intervention to promote mother-infant interaction based on video feedback and live modeling

  • Describes an intervention designed for health services with scarce human and economic resources

  • Presents the theoretical foundations of the program and includes the complete intervention manual

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Foundations of the Maternal Sensitivity Program

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Impact of Maternal Verbal Responsiveness on Infant Language Development

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 21-30
  3. The Maternal Sensitivity Program in a Nutshell

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 31-31
    2. Program Development

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 33-38
    3. Program Description

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 39-48
    4. Program Evaluation

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 49-58
    5. Providers’ Training

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 59-63
  4. The Maternal Sensitivity Program Step by Step

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 65-65
    2. The Session at Three Months of Age: Attending To and Understanding Baby’s Signals

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 67-71
    3. The Session at Four Months of Age: Responding to the Baby’s Signals

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 73-79
    4. The Session at Five Months of Age: Respecting Baby’s Pace and Space

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 81-89
    5. The Session at Six Months of Age: Engaging in Turn-Taking

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 91-96
    6. The Session at Seven Months of Age: Helping the Baby to Focus Attention

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 97-103
    7. The Session at Eight Months of Age: Supporting Baby’s Emotional Expressions

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 105-112
    8. The Session at Nine Months of Age: Showing the World with Words

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 113-118
    9. The Session at Ten Months of Age: The Enlargement of the Baby’s World

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 119-126
    10. Final Comments

      • Patrícia Alvarenga, M. Ángeles Cerezo, Yana Kuchirko
      Pages 127-130
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 131-136

About this book

This book presents the Maternal Sensitivity Program (MSP), an eight-session home-delivered intervention designed to enhance overall maternal sensitivity to infant behavior between the third and the tenth month of life using video feedback and live modeling strategies. The intervention was based on successful international programs but was specifically developed to fit the realities and needs of low-income countries, whose public health services rely on scarce human and economic resources. The program aims to promote maternal acknowledgment of infant mental activity and model responses that encourage infants' communication of intentions, needs, desires, and emotions.

The first part of the book provides an overview of core theories related to the concept of maternal sensitivity, illustrating how it varies across cultural contexts, and how it is shaped by economic scarcity. The second part of the book presents evidence of the effectiveness of sensitivity-based interventions, describes and provides a rationale for the Maternal Sensitivity Program (MSP), and proposes a framework for training interventionists seeking to implement the program in different contexts. The third part of the book presents the intervention manual, describing in detail the procedures in each of the eight sessions of the program.

The Maternal Sensitivity Program: A Model for Promoting Infant Development in Challenging Contexts will be an invaluable resource for developmental psychologists, health care providers, and social workers who work with families in low-income countries and in contexts of social vulnerability and need to implement low-cost interventions to foster healthy child development.   


Keywords

  • Maternal Sensitivity
  • Mother-Infant Interaction
  • Video Feedback
  • Attachment
  • Attachment-Based Interventions
  • Mother-Infant Attachment
  • Infant Attachment
  • Emotional Development
  • Infant Development
  • Child Development
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Child and Adolescence Psychology
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Vulnerable Mothers
  • Vulnerable Infants
  • Vulnerable Families

Authors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Psychology, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

    Patrícia Alvarenga

  • Department of Psychology, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

    M. Ángeles Cerezo

  • Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College, New York, USA

    Yana Kuchirko

About the authors

Dr. Patrícia Alvarenga is an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA/Brazil) and a researcher from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/Brazil). In the last ten years, her work has been focused on interventions to promote sensitive parenting practices and young children’s social-emotional development, which fit the needs of families from low socio-economic backgrounds. 

Dr. Maria Ángeles Cerezo is a Chair in Psychology at the University of Valencia, Spain. Her research publications focus on family relationships, especially early interaction with babies as a predictor of child attachment. Applying the science of babies, she developed a universal program to support parents and their babies to promote their well-being and emotional security (Spanish and English versions: PAPMI® & PCPS®). Her university recognized this applied facet of her work through the Social Innovation spin-off Instituto Psicológico Infancia y Familia (IPINFA), where she is the Scientific Director.

Dr. Yana Kuchirko is an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She examines sociocultural and ecological contexts of child development. Specifically, she focuses on features of children's early experiences in their everyday settings (home, neighborhood, school), and how vary by ethnicity/race, socioeconomic status, and gender. A core facet of her work centers on the structure and function of language interactions among children and their families from different ethnic/racial and cultural backgrounds. 


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-84212-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 89.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)