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ERIC Number: EJ938190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Thirty Years in Infant Mental Health
Harmon, Robert J.
Zero to Three (J), v24 n1 p23-28 Sep 2003
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and developmental psychologists pioneered the study of infant mental health. The author, a clinician who helped to develop the field of infant mental health, uses an anecdote-enriched account of his 30-year career to describe the origins and evolution of the infant mental health field, including influential early research and researchers, the establishment of key training and clinical programs, and the creation of ZERO TO THREE's "Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood" ("DC:0-3"). According to Harmon, "DC:0-3" has helped fill the need for developmentally sensitive diagnostic system that can serve as a "common language" for clinicians, researchers, and families. Infant mental health knowledge now informs practice in NICUs, Early Head Start, services for young children who have been abused or neglected, and programs for mothers in recovery from substance abuse and their children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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