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Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. Berry Brazelton

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9600-0
416 pages
August 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume celebrates the work and influence of T. Berry Brazelton, one of the world's foremost pediatricians, by bringing together contributions from researchers and clinicians whose own pioneering work has been inspired by Brazelton's foundations in the field of child development.
  • Includes contributions from experts influenced by the work of Brazelton  from a wide range of fields, including pediatrics, psychology, nursing, early childhood education, occupational therapy, and public policy
  • Provides an overview of the field of child development, from the explosion of infant research in the 1960s to contemporary studies
  • Outlines the achievements and influence of T. Berry Brazelton, one of the world's foremost pediatricians, and his lasting influence in continuing research, practice, and public policy
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Table of Contents

Introduction (Joshua Sparrow and Barry Lester).

A Tribute to T. Berry Brazelton: Excerpted remarks from Pioneering Change Symposium, November 15, 2008, in honor of Dr. Brazelton's life's work (Geoffrey Canada).


Section I: Changing Paradigms.

1. Transforming the Research Landscape (Barry Lester).

2. Aligning Systems of Care with the Relational Imperative of Development: Building Community through Collaborative Consultation (Joshua Sparrow).

Section II: Advances in Understanding Fetal and Newborn Behavior.

3. Before Infant Assessment: Fetal Neurobehavior (Amy L. Salisbury).

4.  The Development of the NBAS -- A Turning Point in Understanding the Newborn (J. Kevin Nugent).

5. Keys to Developing Early Parent-Child Relationships (Kathryn E. Barnard).

6. Prenatal Depression Effects on Neurobehavioral Dysregulation (Tiffany Field).

Section III: Self-Regulatory and Relational Processes.

7.  A New Look at Parent-Infant Interaction: Infant Arousal Dynamics (Daniel N. Stern).

8. Infants and Mothers: Self- and Mutual Regulation and Meaning Making (Ed Tronick).

Section IV: Regression and Reorganization in Relational Models of Development.

9.  Patterns of Instability and Change: Observations on Regression Periods in Typically Developing Infants (Mikeal Heimann).

10. The 4 WHY'S of Age Linked Regression Periods in Infancy (Frans X. Plooij).

Section V: Relational and Contextual Developmental Models.

11.  An Ethical Framework for Educating Children with Special Needs and All Children (Stanley I. Greenspan).

12. Protective Environments in Africa and Elsewhere (Robert A. LeVine).

Section VI: Neuroscience Perspectives on Relational and Developmental Models.

13. A Neurobiological Perspective of the Work of Berry Brazelton (Allan N. Schore).

14.  Hidden Regulators within the Mother-Infant Interaction (Myron Hofer).

15.  Temperament as Sets of Preparedness (Jerome Kagan).


Section I: Preventive Interventions: Home Visitation.

16. Touchpoints in a Nurse Visiting Program (Kristie Brandt and J. Michael Murphy).

17. The Nurse Family Partnership: Honoring T. Berry Brazelton (David L. Olds).

Section II: Early Interventions: The Care of Infants Born Preterm

18. Understanding the Preterm Infant (Heidelise Als).

19. Fueling Development by Enhancing Infant-Caregiver Relationships: Transformation in the Developmental Therapies (Rosemary Bigsby).

Section III: Infant Mental Health and the Treatment of Early Trauma. 

20. Infant Mental Health (Charles H. Zeanah and Paula Doyle Zeanah).

21. Ghosts and Angels in the Nursery: Conflict and Hope in Raising Babies (Alicia Lieberman and William Harris).

22. Understanding and Helping Traumatized Infants and Families (Joy D. Osofsky and Howard J. Osofsky).

23. Child Maltreatment:  The Research Imperative and the Exportation of Results to Clinical Contexts (Dante Ciccheti and Sheree L. Toth).


Section I: Changing Practice and Improving Care through Professional Development.

24. Developing the Infant Mental Health Workforce: Opportunities, Challenges and  Strengths for Translating Research to Professional Development and Practice (Libby Zimmerman).

25. The Touchpoints Approach for Early Childhood Care and Education Providers (Jayne Singer and John Hornstein).

26. Early Innovations in Behavioral/Developmental Pediatric Fellowship Training -- A Fresh Approach to Medical Professional Development (Constance H. Keefer).

Section II: Innovating Change in Service Delivery, Systems of Care, and Policy.

27.  The Birth of Child Life: Creating a Child-Friendly Hospital Environment (Myra D. Fox).

28. Improving Healthcare Service Delivery Systems and Outcomes with Relationship-based Nursing Practices (Ann C. Stadtler, Julie C. Novak, Joshua Sparrow).

29. Translating the Science of Early Childhood Development into Policy and Practice (Daniel Pedersen and Jack P. Shonkoff).

30. Placing Relationships at the Core of Early Care and Education Programs (Francine Jacobs, Mallary I. Swartz, Jessica Dym Bartlett, M. Ann Easterbrooks).

Section III: Changing Ways of Being.

31. Respect and Healing (Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot).


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Author Information

Barry M. Lester, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Pediatrics and founding Director of the Center for the Study of Children at Risk, Brown University Alpert Medical School and Women and Infants Hospital. His research has addressed processes of development in children at risk due to biological and social factors. His research has been continuously funded by the NIH for over 25 years. Dr. Lester was a member of the Council at the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse. He directs the Infant and Child Mental Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program at Brown University and is past President of the International Association for Infant Mental Health. He is the author of several hundred peer-reviewed publications and 16 books, including Why is My Baby Crying?

Joshua D. Sparrow, MD is Director of Special Initiatives at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Children’s Hospital, Boston, and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He has co-authored eight books with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, and revised with him the second edition of Touchpoints Birth to Three: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development. His work focuses on the social determinants of development and health, and culturally informed adaptations of interventions that catalyze community healing and self-strengthening processes.

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“This classic collection will enrich every infant mental health professional’s understanding of the legacy of T. Berry Brazelton and his influence on the infant and family field.”  (Perspectives, Spring 2013)

"My concluding thoughts about this book are that Brazelton's genius has infiltrated so many areas influencing parenting, child rearing, neuroscience, etc. The authors of these chapters have honored Brazelton and shown how they and their research have benefitted from his life's work." (Education, Practice, and Research, 2011)

"Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty/professionals; general readers." (Choice , 1 April 2011)

"Although this book may be of more interest to those teaching at the university level, we thought we'd share it with everyone because of the varied nature of the content and the debt we owe to Dr. Brazelton for his pioneering work on behalf of children." (The Seca Reporter, summer 2010)

"As T. Berry Brazelton, his colleagues and many students show in this book, the adaptability of infants and the protectiveness of parents and families shield many poor children from the full impact of severe adversities such as malnutrition, disease and neglect. This book outlines theory and research needed to nurture children and families, including in resource-poor countries."
—Linda Richter, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

"The chapters represented in this edited volume represent a fitting tribute to "America's Pediatrician." Written by a cadre of distinguished scholars, this book eloquently captures the essence of Dr. Brazelton's many contributions to our understanding of child development."
—Charles A. Nelson III, Children's Hosptial Boston/Harvard Medical School

"This very impressive collection of papers by outstanding scholars is a fitting tribute to our nation's greatest living pediatrician. Like Brazelton himself has done, these papers move pediatrics from children's illnesses to their behavioral development with an emphasis on the all-important parent/child relationship."
—Edward Zigler, Yale University

"Anyone who has heard T. Berry Brazelton speak will know why he has inspired so many researchers and clinicians. This book captures the inspiration of many who have listened and learned, and it will inspire you."
—Trecia Wouldes, University of Auckland

"From Barcelona, professionals in early childhood express our deepest thanks to Dr. Brazelton for his work characterized by a comprehensive understanding of the child, especially in the neonatal period."
—Carme Costas-Moragas, PhD, Director, NBAS Training Site, Barcelona

"This outstanding volume brings together groundbreaking research and profound clinical knowledge and celebrates the pioneering work of T. Berry Brazelton."
—Karl Heinz Brisch, LMU - Klinikum der Universität München

"T. Berry Brazelton has taught parents and pediatricians to perceive and respect the sociable vitality of a newborn baby and how a growing child seeks health and self-confidence in life with affectionate companions. This book, inspired by his life’s work, is important for all concerned with the well-being of children, their families, and our society."
—Colwyn Trevarthen, University of Edinburgh

"What a perfect tribute to Berry Brazelton—a book that brings together many of the seminal leaders from child development, medicine, and education whom he has nurtured so that they can nurture us with their groundbreaking work!"
—Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute, Author, Mind in the Making

"This book is a treasure. Filled with the discoveries of brilliant scientists it honors Berry Brazelton by mirroring his respectful approach to children and parents and his conviction that by really watching children we can find out what they need."
J. Ronald Lally Ed.D, Co director, Center for Child & Family Studies

"These two prominent authors provide a wealth of great information for parents, professionals and everyone interested in the development of our children."
Judith S. Palfrey, MD, Children's Hospital, Boston

This book is a gem.  Not only does is sparkle with the accomplishments of Brazelton, but it contains brilliant crystallized reviews of work by today's leading researchers and clinicians who have been inspired by him.   It is a wonderful read as well as a resource that will be treasured.

--Robert N. Emde, M.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine

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