The Motherhood Constellation; A Unified View of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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Stern presents a major synthesis of the newly exploding field of infant mental health and creates a new model of treatment. He shows the critical elements of any parent-infant clinical system: the parents’ representations of the relationship with the baby, their overt interactions, the infant’s representations of these interactions, and the role of the therapist.

Covers therapeutic approaches that aim to change parents' representations/change interactive behaviors/etc.

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What People Are Saying

Joy D. Osofsky
"An exciting and new integrative perrspective. This book should be required reading for all therapists who treat infants and parents."
T. Berry Brazelton
"This wonderful book will be of enormous value to all who are helping families."
Ethel Person
"Stern's earlier book The Interpersonal World of the Infant was a classic, and I predict this book will be another."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465026029
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 814,887
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel N. Stern, M.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Geneva and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Cornell University Medical Center–New York Hospital. An expert in the mother-infant relationship, he is the author of The Interpersonal World of the Infant and The Diary of a Baby.Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, M.D., is a pediatrician and child psychiatrist in Geneva, Switzerland. Alison Freeland, a freelance writer and the author of The Journey to Motherhood, currently works as a reporter for Vermont Public Radio.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Clinical System in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy
Ch. 1 An Overview of the Clinical Situation 11
Ch. 2 The Parents' Representational World 18
Ch. 3 The Parents' Representations Enacted 41
Ch. 4 The Parent-Infant Interaction 59
Ch. 5 The Nature and Formation of the Infant's Representations 79
Ch. 6 The Infant's Representations Viewed Clinically 99
Ch. 7 The Therapist 111
Pt. II Therapeutic Approaches in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and Their Commonalities
Ch. 8 Approaches That Aim to Change the Parents' Representations 119
Ch. 9 Approaches That Aim to Change the Interactive Behaviors 138
Ch. 10 Commonalities Among the Different Approaches 147
Pt. III Synthesis
Ch. 11 The Motherhood Constellation 171
Ch. 12 Some Wider Implications for Other Clinical Situations 191
References 205
Index 221
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