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ERIC Number: EJ810012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
"New Beginnings"--An Experience-Based Programme Addressing the Attachment Relationship between Mothers and Their Babies in Prisons
Baradon, Tessa; Fonagy, Peter; Bland, Kirsten; Lenard, Kata; Sleed, Michelle
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v34 n2 p240-258 Aug 2008
Data about the quality of attachment between infants and parents in high-risk populations suggests that early intervention may be advantageous for positive developmental outcomes for the child. Mothers in prison represent a high-risk parenting population in terms of both attachment histories and economic and social risk factors. New Beginnings was constructed as a short term, experience-based programme for mothers and infants in the Mother and Baby Units of two UK women's prisons. It is based on the early intervention model developed at the Anna Freud Centre. The programme was piloted in 2004-5, with 27 participating dyads. This paper presents an overview of the pilot stage. Our aim is to introduce the thinking that went into the programme and to present initial observations concerning the effect of the programme. We describe the development of a framework for the programme and its preliminary evaluation using pre- and post-interview protocols concerning the mothers' thoughts and feelings about their babies. We used the Parent Development Interview, for both a qualitative analysis of the major themes in connection to child rearing and quantitative measures of reflective capacity in relation to the child on the part of mother-participants. (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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