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Items in this list may be obtained from the sources cited. Contact information reflects the most current data about the source that has been provided to the MCH Digital Library.

Displaying records 1 through 9 (9 total).

Wilson LB, Taba S. 2011. Brighten baby's world. Honolulu, HI: Same Small Boat Productions, 1 DVD (8 min., 30 sec.).

Annotation: This video for trainers, administrators, and educators in early childhood programs in Hawaii is designed to increase awareness and understanding of positive attachment and social connections in the context of postpartum depression.

Contact: Same Small Boat Productions, 1050 Bishop Street, Suite 436, Honolulu, HI 96813, Telephone: (808) 384-2902 E-mail: Contact E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Attachment behavior, DVDs, Early childhood educators, Emotional development, Hawaii, Health promotion, Infant health, Parenting, Postpartum depression, Psychosocial development, State programs, Training, Training, Vulnerability

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. 2009. Court-involved children. Rockville, MD: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau,

Annotation: This webcast, which was conducted on April 15, 2009, focuses on the importance of attachment to a child's well-being and mental health. The speaker discusses toxic stress and trauma and understanding the impact on young children's development and mental health. The webcast can be viewed in various formats, including video + slides + captioning, presentation slides, transcript (html or pdf), or audio only. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Keywords: Multimedia, Attachment behavior, Audiovisual materials, Child health, Childhood development, Early childhood development, Mental health, Parent child relations, Relationships, Stress

Smariga M. 2007. Visitation with infants and toddlers in foster care: What judges and attorneys need to know. Washington, DC: American Bar Association, ABA Center on Children and the Law and Zero to Three Policy Center, 26 pp. (Practice and policy brief)

Annotation: This paper summarizes the role of attachment and the effects of separation on very young children, explains why face-to-face parent-child visitation is important for very young children, emphasizes the role of visitation in permanency planning, highlights key elements of successful visitation plans for infants and toddlers, suggests strategies for addressing barriers to visitation, reviews the judge's role in supporting parent-child visits, and shares community approaches to visitation. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law, 740 15th Street, N.W., , Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 662-1000 Secondary Telephone: (800) 285-2221 Fax: (202) 662-1755 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Attachment behavior, Children with special health care needs, Courts, Emotional development, Foster care, Foster children, Health services, Infants, Toddlers

Kim J, Krall J. 2006. Literature review: Effects of prenatal substance exposure on infant and early childhood outcomes. Berkeley, CA: National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, 15 pp.

Annotation: This paper highlights recent findings from academic literature concerning the debate about the consequences of prenatal substance exposure for infants and young children. The paper discusses the prevalence of substance abuse during pregnancy; research limitations; and child growth and development in the following areas: motor development, cognitive development, language skills, behavior, attachment, school performance, and physical growth. Intervention strategies, including overarching programmatic recommendations and successful service interventions for health family development, are also discussed. A conclusion and references are included.

Contact: National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, Center for Child & Youth Policy , University of California, Berkeley, 1950 Addison Street, Suite 104, , Berkeley, CA 94720-7402, Telephone: (510) 643-8390 Fax: (510) 643-7019 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Academic achievement, Attachment behavior, Child behavior, Child development, Child health, Cognitive development, Families: Intervention, Infant development, Infant health, Language development, Motor development, Research, Substance abuse, Substance abusing pregnant women

Young T, Noel S. [2003]. Family care center home network [Final report]. Lexington, KY: Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, 24 pp.

Annotation: This final report, from the Healthy Tomorrows program, describes a home-based program providing early intervention designed to promote health child development, prenatal health, and enhance family functioning in overburdened families, including promoting parent-child bonding and attachment and decreasing maternal depression and child abuse. Contents include a project summary; a narrative including the project purpose, goals and objectives, methodology, evaluation, results and outcomes, a list of publications and products, summaries of dissemination and utilization of results, future plans and follow up, and support and resources needed to replicate. Also provided are lists of Home Network Advisory Board consumer and community, and family care center representatives. A copy of the 2002 Home Network participant satisfaction survey and newsletter are attached. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 650 Newton Pike, Lexington, KY 40508, Telephone: (859) 252-2371 Contact Phone: (859) 258-3070 Fax: (859) 288-2359 Contact E-mail: Web Site:

Keywords: Attachment behavior, Child development services, Early intervention programs, Family centered services, Family support programs, Final reports, Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children, Home visiting, MCH research, Parent child relations, Parent education, Prenatal care

Fish M. 2001. Infant Temperament: Neonatal–5 years in Rural Appalachia: [Final report]. Huntington, WV: Marshall University, 34 pp.

Annotation: This is a continuation of an earlier funded project on infant temperament. Two research questions were addressed in this study. First, what continuity exists between (1) certain temperament and mother-infant relationship qualities in infancy, and (2) both preschool behavior problems and early school adjustment? Second, how do environmental factors such as poverty and low parental education levels, cultural values regarding education and achievement, and individual differences in temperament and mother-child relations interact to influence early school adjustment and performance? [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, O.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: Web Site: Document Number: NTIS PB2002-101954.

Keywords: Attachment Behavior, Cultural Sensitivity, Infant Temperament, MCH Research, Preschool Children, Preschool Children, Research, Rural Population, Rural Population

Drotar D. 1991. Prediction of Outcome of Early Intervention in Failure to Thrive [Final report]. Cleveland, OH: Case Western Reserve University, 27 pp.

Annotation: This project addressed the need for controlled studies of the psychological and health outcomes of those infants with nonorganic failure to thrive (NOFTT) who have received early intervention, in order to assess early developmental delays and family influences which mediate intervention effects. The family, the environment, and the psychological and physical health outcomes of children originally diagnosed with NOFTT during the first year of life were compared to a sample of physically healthy infants who were matched by child and family characteristics. The findings documented continuing psychological risk to children with early histories of NOFFT, specifically they demonstrated more behavior symptoms, and less adequate abilities to contain impulses, delay gratification, or change their behavior in response to novel situations. The findings suggested that pediatricians should continue to monitor the psychological adjustment of these children, especially those with dysfunctional families. Additional studies are needed to: Determine whether children with early histories of NOFFT who demonstrate problematic behavioral control as preschoolers continue to demonstrate problems as school-age children; assess the efficacy of interventions tailored to the specific etiology (e.g., maternal relationship deficits, family dysfunction) of NOFFT; assess the efficacy of interventions designed to enhance the parenting abilities and reduce the level of behavioral problems in these preschool children. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, O.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: Web Site: Document Number: NTIS PB92-135557.

Keywords: Achenbach Behavioral Checklist, Ainsworth Strange Situation Procedure, Attachment Disorders, Failure To Thrive, Families

Brazelton TB. 1981. On becoming a family: The growth of attachment. New York, NY: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 210 pp.

Shereshefsky PM, Yarrow LJ, eds. 1973. Psychological aspects of a first pregnancy and early postnatal adaptation. New York, NY: Raven Press, 373 pp.

Annotation: This book reports on a research study of the psychodynamics of pregnancy and their effect on the infant. It provides information on the behavioral aspect of pregnancy: problems associated with pregnancy, family dynamics, and infant and parent well-being. It discusses background variables, pregnancy adaptation, expectant fathers, maternal adaptation, prenatal counseling, postpartum disorders, infantile colic, dimensions of infant behavior, and the effects of infant temperament and sex on maternal behavior. It ends with appendices on evaluations during the prenatal and postnatal periods, a compendium of factor scales, initial factor analyses, and statistical tables.

Keywords: Attachment behavior, Father child relations, Infant behavior, Maternal mental health, Mother child relations, Parenting attitudes, Pregnant women, Psychological characteristics, Research


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.