Assessment Tools for Parent-Infant Interaction and Their Contribution to Perinatal Clinical Care

  • Emmanuel Devouche
  • Sara Dominguez
  • Gisèle Apter


In the present chapter, we propose an overview of the most widely used tools dedicated to the assessment of early parent-infant interactions during the first year of life. This review does not aim at being totally comprehensive. Its purpose is to offer a reflection on how observation and assessment of parent-infant interaction can both inform and be enriched within a clinical setting. Presentation of selected tools will thus be followed by proposals on how such assessments can be efficient as part of a specialized perinatal care.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanuel Devouche
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sara Dominguez
    • 3
  • Gisèle Apter
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Psychopathologie et Processus de SantéParis Descartes UniversityParisFrance
  2. 2.Groupe Hospitalier du HavreUniversité de Rouen NormandieMont-Saint-AignanFrance
  3. 3.Psychologist at Early Years PsychologyThe HagueThe Netherlands

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