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



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

Barry M. Lester (Editor), Joshua D. Sparrow (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-34465-1 August 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 412 Pages


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
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).


“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)