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January 1968

Teaching Infant Development by ObservationA Basic Child Psychiatry Course

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Child Psychiatry Division, Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(1):28-35. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740010030004

A COURSE of child development centered around direct observation was first integrated into our career child psychiatry training curriculum in 1960.1 Further experiences and elaborations are now presented. The purpose of the course is to give residents a continuing direct clinical experience of normal infant maturation and development in the framework of the mother-child interaction and to correlate these observations with current theoretical considerations.2-9

Program and Initial Experiences  The course consists primarily of direct observation of a mother prenatally, then of the mother-baby unit in the hospital during the lying-in period, and followed by home visits for the remainder of the year. Some families with young siblings were selected to observe reactions before the arrival of the new baby and also to study material of child development beyond the first year. At first, the residents are prepared by a two-month period of general

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