- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (July 16, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572305177
- ISBN-13: 978-1572305175
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,904,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Over the past two decades there has been a great deal of research concerning the impact of postnatal depression on child development. This outstanding and timely volume, which has contributions from leading figures in the field, assembles this work in a remarkably coherent fashion. It succeeds by bringing together a wide variety of issues concerned with postnatal depression and infants, including epidemiology, basic infant development, developmental psychopathology and treatment. The book concludes with a brilliant critique of the field and its future by Sir Michael Rutter. Anyone with an interest in the subject should have this book on their shelves." --Alan Stein, MB BCh., FRCPsych., Leopold Muller Professor of Child & Family Mental Health, The Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and the Tavistock Clinic
"In dealing with the effects of postpartum depression on child behavior Murray and Cooper have captured the complexity of the developmental process in terms that will be informative to both clinicians and scientists.
An excellent set of contributors to this edited volume illuminate the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of maternal depression and explore the emotional, social, communicative, and cognitive pathways through which parental emotional state influences the lives of their children.
This book not only promotes understanding of the unfolding relationship between depressed mothers and their infant offspring that will be useful to every student of development, but provides a number of therapeutic models for enhancing their mental health that will be useful to clinicians as well." --Arnold J. Sameroff, Ph.D., Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan
"This is a timely collection of papers on a vital subject--the effects of postpartum depression on an infant's future. Since the incidence of PPD is on the increase in our world, where new mothers are isolated, unprotected, and without support systems, they and their babies are bound to be more vulnerable to this type of depression. The type of infant with which a vulnerable parent must cope plays a significant role in their outcome. As clinicians, we could predict to this and offer increased support to mothers of such newborns.
The effects of maternal depression on the early social and cognitive development of the infant is likely to leave that infant's future at high risk for breakdown in the face of stress. Perhaps the ills of our time--the epidemic of violence and of breakdown in adolescence--could be curbed if we offered these mothers the support they need in order to nurture their infants more successfully. The marvelous plasticity of the immature nervous system might prepare the way for a better outcome if we as clinicians were more alert to the ominous outcomes with depressed mothers. This book is a challenge to call to all of us in the field of infant mental health." --T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
"If the mother of a new-born baby is depressed, then her ways of relating to her baby in thought, feeling and action may be seriously affected. This volume represents a state-of-the art overview of the implications of maternal post-partum depression, interacting with associated environmental circumstances and infant characteristics, for the baby's subsequent emotional and cognitive development. The approaches to studying 'depression' and its potential effects on mother-baby interchanges [covered in this book] are diverse and deeply considered, and the analysis of direct and indirect effects on subsequent child development, as well as the evaluation of treatment, are at once challenging and circumspect. The findings [covered in this book] are important not only for understanding a range of factors that may alter the course of a child's early psychological development, but also for conceptualizing the very nature and significance of an infant's interpersonal relations and developing mental life." --R. Peter Hobson, Ph.D., FRCPsych, CPsychol, Tavistock Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the University of London, Tavistock Clinic and University College, London
"The impact of parenting on child development and behavior has become a subject of major medical, social and political concern. In Postpartum Depression & Child Development Lynne Murray and Peter Cooper have produced a book that comprehensively reviews what we know abut the consequences for infants of maternal depression in the postnatal period. Their team of contributors includes pioneers in the field--such as Hanus Papousek and Tiffany Field--and researchers whose work now leads the way--such as Murray and Cooper themselves. In this complex area of research, Postpartum Depression & Child Development is clear, balanced and fully up to date. It will be the key text on the subject for a decade or more." --Professor Louis Appleby, M.D., F.R.C.P, M.R.C.Psych, School of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Manchester
About the Author
Peter J. Cooper received his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town. He carried out his doctoral research within the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Oxford where he also completed his clinical training. Following a postdoctoral Fellowship in Oxford, in 1983 he took up the Cambridge University Lectureship in Psychopathology. In 1993 he moved to the University of Reading to take up the Chair in Psychology.
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