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ERIC Number: EJ1125814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Breaking the Cycle: Supporting Parent-Child Relationships through the "Parents Interacting With Infants" Intervention
Nenide, Lana; Sontoski, Staci
ZERO TO THREE, v34 n6 p31-36 Jul 2014
The Parents Interacting With Infants (PIWI) intervention is designed to support parents in developing their capacity to create positive, sensitive, and engaging interactions with their infants and toddlers. These interactions, as indicated by research, are essential for healthy brain development and overall well-being, yet they are particularly challenging for young mothers who have not had nurturing experiences growing up. Through a series of facilitated groups, teen mothers exiting the foster care system in inner-city Milwaukee demonstrated a new interest in and sincere engagement with their baby, as well as an increase in parental capacity around understanding their child's cues and preferences and the importance of relationship and play in supporting their child's development. The authors found the PIWI intervention particularly relevant to populations challenged by poverty, domestic violence, trauma, substance abuse, mental illness, and many other stressors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
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