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April 1948

Problems of Early Infancy.

Arch NeurPsych. 1948;59(4):564-565. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1948.02300390121021

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The first conference on problems of early infancy, sponsored by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, was held in New York in March 1947. The transactions have been published in a small, inexpensive volume, edited by Milton J. E. Senn. Discussions by some twenty-five authorities, representing many disciplines, are reported. The major areas considered are anticipatory guidance for prospective parents, mother-child relations, breast feeding, self-demand schedules and rooming-in projects for mother and child.

Senn points out the importance of anticipatory guidance in preparation for parenthood. In the discussion that follows, the practical difficulties are stressed, especially limitations in personnel and time. It is assumed that this guidance will be on an individual level; it would seem that group discussion or group therapy is particularly appropriate in this area, with specific advantages in terms of interaction between participants.

Anthropologic data on mother-child relations and breast feeding are given by Maloney and Mead.