Identifying and intercepting behavioral health problems in infancy

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Infancy is a wonderful time for healthy parents and healthy infants to grow together within healthy home and community environments that support the social-emotional development of infants, thus establishing the foundation for lifelong behavioral and mental health. Pediatric primary care providers (P-PCPs) must acknowledge the paradigm shift to attain behavioral health for all by viewing behavioral health as beginning at the moment of conception and existing on a continuum throughout the life span, delicately balancing between behavioral/mental health and well-being versus behavioral health disorders/mental illness and malady. This chapter examines, analyzes, and evaluates the best available evidence to identify and intercept behavioral health problems prior to conception, post-delivery, and during the first year of life. P-PCPs must assess the mother-infant bonding and attachment relationship, maternal nurturing behaviors, and maternal responses to the infant, as well as the infant’s social-emotional developmental patterns, at every primary care encounter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBehavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners
Subtitle of host publicationA Growth and Developmental Approach to Intercepting Abnormal Behaviors
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780826116819
ISBN (Print)9780826118677
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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