Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale

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This is the most comprehensive examination of newborn behavior available and is used internationally in both clinical and research settings. This manual provides background information on the Scale and presents information on training, the administration of each item and detailed crtieria for scoring. Used increasingly by clinicians as a way of sensitising parents to the capacities of their newborns and of identifying concerns about the baby, this new edition is particularly designed to make it easier for ...
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Overview

This is the most comprehensive examination of newborn behavior available and is used internationally in both clinical and research settings. This manual provides background information on the Scale and presents information on training, the administration of each item and detailed crtieria for scoring. Used increasingly by clinicians as a way of sensitising parents to the capacities of their newborns and of identifying concerns about the baby, this new edition is particularly designed to make it easier for clinicians to use the Scale in this way. A new chapter also provides guidelines for many other possible adaptations for use in clinical practice.
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Reviewer: Jay P. Goldsmith, MD (Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description: This book is the source of the most comprehensive evaluation of newborn behavior and interaction between parents and their newborn infant. This edition is not significantly different from previous editions published over the last 35 years (third edition was published in 1995), except for some minor changes in the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), a few added case histories, the use of the scale in various settings, and a review of research using the scale.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an instructional guide on the administration and scoring of the NBAS. Despite the fact that it takes significant training and at least 20 minutes to perform, it is widely recognized as the most comprehensive evaluation of newborn behavior. This is a worthy goal since this type of evaluation is necessary in many settings — to evaluate the effects of treatments or drugs, to help parents with babies who have difficulties in the neonatal period, and a host of other practical and research uses.
Audience: The book is intended for caretakers of the newborn infant, from physicians to nurses and child psychologists. It may be especially important to researchers studying the effects of various influences on the newly born such as drugs, environment, pregnancy complications, etc. The authors are the world's authorities on this scale since they developed it over 35 years ago.
Features: The major focus of the book is a review of the administration and scoring of the NBAS with excellent pictures illustrating many of the procedures. This is followed by chapters dedicated to the use of the scale in research and various settings with several case histories of newborns with abnormal behavior and interventions. These were mainly anecdotal, and the book presents no evidence that the use of the scale to detect behavioral abnormalities with subsequent intervention statistically improved childhood outcomes. Such a study would make the instrument more important for pediatricians and others to use.
Assessment: This is the single original source for this comprehensive newborn behavioral scale. Other books may refer to the NBAS and even give an abbreviated version of its administration and scoring, but clinicians and researchers wishing to use the NBAS should learn how to do it from the people who created it.
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Dr Brazelton is a noted pediatrician and author, who developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), used by major hospitals throughout the world. He has written more than two hundred scholarly papers and twenty-four books. He has been described as "America's most celebrated and influential baby doctor since Benjamin Spock".

Dr Nugent is the Founder and Director of the Brazelton Institute at Children's Hospital in Boston and is on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Table of Contents

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Foreword
1 Introduction 1
2 The Standard Administration of the NBAS 7
3 Manual for Scoring the NBAS Items 41
4 Research Uses of the NBAS 67
5 Clinical Uses of the NBAS 84
I Introduction 84
II The Combined Physical and Behavioral Neonatal Examination: A Parent-Centered Approach to Pediatric Care 92
III A Model for Integrating the NBAS Into Nursing Practice 102
IV Using the NBAS With Families: A Psychotherapeutic Approach 108
V Family Administered Neonatal Activities (FANA) 111
VI Parents' Perceptions as Guides for Conducting NBAS Clinical Sessions 117
VII Using the NBAS With High-Risk Infants 126
Appendices 123
App. 1. NBAS Scoring Form 133
App. 2. Mother and Baby Scales (MABS) 135
References 138
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