Title

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Relationship-based Interventions for At-risk Families

Date of Award

5-1-2019

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Department

Counselor Education

First Advisor

Dawnette Cigrand

Abstract

This paper explores the literature regarding relationship-based interventions for building caregiver capabilities in at-risk families to improve Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH). An overview of IECMH establishes the importance of early intervention in preventing more severe mental health issues across the lifespan, followed by a discussion of caregiver roles in early childhood development, presentation of IECMH issues, and the complexity of risk factors for maladaptive outcomes. A case is made for relationship-based interventions performed within the home, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC), as most efficacious in reducing barriers and achieving desired outcomes.

Unique Identifier

wsucedcap_2019_Brennan

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