Intuitive Parenting Behaviors: An Early Support for the Infant’s Mental Health and Development

  • H. Papoušek
  • M. Papoušek
  • B. J. Harris
Part of the Topics in the Neurosciences book series (TNSC, volume 6)


Advances in pediatrics and neurology in the past 20 years have resulted in a vastly improved survival rate for at-risk infants. During this same period psychologists, ethologists, and members of the medical profession have become increasingly interested in chronicling and understanding the course of normal early development and the genetic and environmental factors that influence it. The apparent but insufficiently understood links between physical health, psychological processes, and social interaction have reduced the isolation and sharp distinctions between the fields of psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and pediatrics and have led to the recognition of areas of mutual concern in dealing with developmental and behavioral problems in infancy and childhood. In turn, this has resulted in the awareness of the need for a more comprehensive, multidisciplined approach to the diagnosis and treatment of at-risk infants (Herskowitz & Rosman, 1982). Combining a neurological approach with a psychosocial one has been proposed as a means for increasing the predictive validity of an “at-risk” designation and enhancing the effectiveness of professional interventions with these infants and their families (Beckwith, 1976).


Parenting Behavior High Risk Infant Visual Behavior Infant Interaction Nervous System Damage 
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  • M. Papoušek
  • B. J. Harris

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