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August 23, 1976

Infant Psychiatry: A New Synthesis

Author Affiliations

Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center Norwalk, Conn

JAMA. 1976;236(8):972-973. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270090064046

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This volume consists of 22 reprinted articles exploring a multitude of aspects of infant development. Many outstanding child psychiatrists have contributed. The following findings are among the highlights: Korner and Grobstein emphasize the individual differences at birth, and although the observations were derived from single children, future field data will help test statistically how generally true these relationships are. Blank focuses on the mother's role in infant development, emphasizing immediate effects of care-taking practices as opposed to their possible long-term consequences. Wolff concentrates in Piaget's sensorimotor theory of intelligence. Anthony picks up an extremely important topic of how children cope in families with a psychotic parent. Caplan et al focus their attention on perinatal stress, cognitive organization, and ego function in prematurely born children.

The editors indicate why the reprinted papers were selected: (1) they were regarded as a classic and often quoted, (2) each represents a pioneering effort, which