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April 1997

The Motherhood Constellation: A Unified View of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

Author Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry University of California, Davis 4430 V St Sacramento, CA 95817

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1997;54(4):387-388. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1997.01830160115014

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Although the title of the new book, The Motherhood Constellation: A Unified View of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy, by Daniel Stern may suggest a selective audience of readers, the book, in fact, has broad appeal. The book is about an exciting, new area of interdisciplinary research, the mind sciences, which embrace emotion, motivation, and values as they affect behavior. The book also is relevant for those in the fields of developmental psychopathology, an area of research that examines individual development in interaction with specific environments, and mental health prevention.

This book represents the logical next step in Stern's persistent pursuit to understand the early development of the human infant's mind, before verbal speech. The book is about theory and practice and is grounded in the principles of development. The book is laced with Stern's creative and intuitive insights gained from his years of experience as a "baby watcher"; he is able to

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