Parenthood and Mental Health
A bridge between infant and adult psychiatry
World Psychiatric Association
1. Edition April 2010
486 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
In a fresh and comprehensive way, this book summarizes knowledge about parenting from gestation to the first year of life, including a critical analysis of parenting, what it means to be a "good enough parent", and its relationship to infant, parent, and family outcomes. In addition to the psychiatric dimension, the book emphasizes the biological aspects of parenting, parental psychopathology, and normal and abnormal infant development.
Across all cultures parenting is the foundation of family life. It is the domain where adult mental health meets infant development. Beginning in pregnancy, parenting involves many conscious and unconscious processes which have recently been shown to affect a child's development significantly. This book focuses on pregnancy and the first year of life, providing a thorough account of the points of encounter between adult and infant psychiatry. In a fresh and comprehensive way, it summarises knowledge about early parenting, including a critical analysis of parenting, what it means to be a "good enough parent", and its relationship to infant, parent and family outcomes. In addition to the psychiatric dimension, the book emphasises the biological aspects of parenting, parental psychopathology and normal and abnormal infant development.
Praise for Parenting and Mental Health:
"Tyano, Keren, Herrman and Cox have edited a thoughtfully prepared guide on normal and abnormal parenting. They have, with enormous skill and wisdom, helped to unite the important aspects of pregnancy, infant and childhood development and parenting for adult and child and adolescent psychiatrists. World-class internationally recognized clinicians and researchers help make this book useful throughout the world. This is a masterful, culturally sensitive and important book which provides a long overdue and much needed guide on relationships among children, parents and families."
--Michelle Riba, M.D., M.S., Professor and Associate Chair for Integrated Medical and Psychiatric Services, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, USA
"During recent decades, progress in the field of infant mental health has been revolutionary; at the same time, there has been rapid development in women's mental health. By bringing these two together, this pioneering book leads its readers to the vital new focal point around perinatal mental health. The book integrates the origins of developmental psychiatry in attachment and systemic contexts and shows concretely how relationship experiences and biology interact when new life begins.
After describing the fascinating world of early parenting, the book focuses on problems, difficulties and disorders during this phase of life and above all on how to support, intervene and treat disorders in parenting. When infants, mothers and fathers are understood in a holistic way, professionals in many fields will be able to promote the transmission of meaningful life through parenthood and parenting."
--Tuula Tamminen, Professor of Child Psychiatry, University of Tampere, Finland; Past-President of World Association for Infant Mental Health, President of European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Cover design by Reouth Keren
List of contributors.
SECTION 1 Parental Orientations Normal processes.
1 Mothers' and fathers' orientations: patterns of pregnancy, parenting and the bonding process (Joan Raphael-Leff).
2 The competent fetus (Sam Tyano and Miri Keren).
3 Single parenthood: its impact on parenting the infant (Sam Tyano and Miri Keren).
4 Surrogate mothers (Olga B.A. van den Akker).
5 The impact of stress in pregnancy on the fetus, the infant, and the child (Miri Keren).
6 Unintended pregnancies (Myriam Szejer).
7 Clinical challenges of adolescent motherhood (George M. Tarabulsy, Annie Bernier, Simon Larose, Fanie Roy, Caroline Moisan and Claire Baudry).
8 Psychopathological states in the pregnant mother (Carol Henshaw MD FRCPsych FHEA).
9 When something goes wrong with the fetus: rights, wrongs and consequences (Julio Arboleda-Florez).
10 Multiple fetuses pregnancy and other medical high-risk pregnancies (Micheline Garel, Elise Charlemaine and Sylvain Missonier).
Assessment of prenatal parenting.
11 Prenatal self-report questionnaires, scales and interviews (Massimo Ammaniti and Renata Tambelli).
12 Observational tool: the prenatal Lausanne Trilogue Play (Elisabeth Fivaz-Depeursinge, France Frascarolo and Antoinette Corboz-Warnery).
Treatment of abnormal states during pregnancy.
13 Psychopharmacological treatments during pregnancy: risks and benefits for the mother and her infant (Martin St-Andre and Brigitte Martin).
14 Psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, individual and family interventions for abnormal states during pregnancy (Prabha S. Chandra, Geetha Desai and Veena A. Satyanarayana).
SECTION 2 Delivery and birth.
15 Perinatal loss: its immediate and long-term impact on parenting (Miri Keren).
SECTION 3 Parenting of the infant during the first year of life Normal processes.
16 Transition to parenthood (Antoine Guedeney and Susana Tereno).
17 Role of parenting in the development of the infant's interpersonal abilities (Deborah Weatherston and Hiram E. Fitzgerald).
18 Welcoming a stranger: cultural and social aspects of parenting (Nathalie Zajde and Catherine Grandsard).
19 Filicide: parents who murder their child (Sam Tyano and John Cox).
Parental risk factors for parenthood.
20 Maternal postnatal mental disorder: how does it affect the young child? (John Cox and Joanne Barton).
21 Psychopathological states in the father and their impact on parenting (Michael W. O'Hara and Sheehan D. Fisher).
22 The impact of trauma on parents and infants (Joy D. Osofsky, Howard J. Osofsky and Erika L. Bocknek).
23 Substance problems: bridging the gap between infant and adult (Ilana Crome).
Environmental risk factors for parenthood.
24 Foster parenthood (Yvon Gauthier).
25 Parenting the chronically ill infant (Barbara G. Melamed).
26 Parenting an infant born of rape (Frances Thomson Salo).
27 Parenting an infant with a disability (Sheila Hollins, Stella Woodward and Kathryn Hollins).
28 Being a parent with a disability (Adil Akram and Sheila Hollins).
29 Parenthood: the impact of immigration (Olivier Ta1eb, Thierry Baubet, Dalila Rezzoug and Marie Rose Moro).
30 Parenting and poverty: a complex interaction (Mark Tomlinson).
Assessment of parenthood.
31 Assessment of parenting (Marc H. Bornstein and Magdalen Toole).
32 Principles of effective co-parenting and its assessment in infancy and early childhood (James P. McHale and Elisabeth Fivaz-Depeursinge).
33 Legal assessment of parenting competency (Jean-Victor P. Wittenberg).
Treatment of dysfunctional parenting.
34 Psychotropic drugs and lactation: to nurse or not to nurse (Zivanit Ergaz and Asher Ornoy).
35 Parent-infant psychotherapies and indications for inpatient versus outpatient treatments (Kaija Puura and Palvi Kaukonen).
Pathological parenting: from the infant's perspective.
36 The symptomatology of a dysfunctional parent-infant relationship (Campbell Paul).
37 Mental health of parents and infant health and development in resource-constrained settings: evidence gaps and implications for facilitating 'good-enough parenting' in the twenty-first-century world (Jane Fisher, Atif Rahman, Meena Cabral de Mello, Prabha S. Chandra and Helen Herrman).
Miri Keren, also of Tel-Aviv University, is President of the World Association of Infant Mental Health.
John Cox is apast President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was awarded the Marcé Medal in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the field of perinatal psychiatry and he served as President of the Marcé Society.
Helen Herrman is Director, WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health., Melbourne; Secretary for Publications, World Psychiatric Association; Regional Vice-President Oceania, World Federation for Mental Health; and Vice-President of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology.