Infant Previewing: Predicting and Sharing Interpersonal Outcome examines the developmental processes of the first two years of life from an innovative perspective that may dramatically alter the way health care professionals view and predict their perceptions of developmental phenomena. The volume introduces the concept of previewing, a developmental principle that organizes our understanding of how infants and caregivers share experience during the first few years of life. Previewing is manifested by virtually all caregivers and is designed to provide the caregiver-infant dyad with insight into imminent maturational trends and with the motivation for continuing on the development journey with a sense of mastery and control. The book not only launches the theory underlying the concept of previewing, but it also offers guidelines for using previewing to enhance the relationship between infant and caregiver. Various applications of previewing - as a means of fostering the infant's predictive abilities, as a catalyst for differentiating and coordinating developmental functions, and as a principle for motivating interpersonal communication - are analyzed.
The Concept of Previewing: Introduction.- Previewing as a Parental Manifestation.- Previewing as a Dyadic Manifestation.- Previewing as a Therapeutic Goal.- 1 Prelude to Previewing: The Effects of Prenatal Representations.- Prenatal Representations of the Infant: The Physiologic Repercussions of Pregnancy.- Prenatal Representations of the Infant: The Psychological Fantasies of Pregnancy.- The Representations of the Expectant Father.- Conclusion.- 2 Previewing: A Means of Fostering the Infant's Predictive Abilities.- Maternal Intuitive Behaviors That Foster Infant Predictive Capacities.- Visual Cuing.- Vocal Communication.- Holding Behavior.- Feeding Behavior.- Maternal Stimulation That Enhances Predictive Capacities.- Support of Infant Integrative Processes.- Play as the Arena for Creativity and Experimentation.- Maternal Empathy.- Meaning Attribution by the Caregiver.- Conclusion.- 3 Previewing: A Catalyst for Differentiating Developmental Function.- The Emergence of Fundamental Representational Skills.- The Consolidation of Representational Skills.- The Effect of Representation on the Quality of Previewing.- Conclusion.- 4 Previewing: A Catalyst for Coordinating Developmental Functions.- The Development of Multimodal Integration.- The Contribution of Previewing to Multimodal Capacities.- Conclusion.- 5 Play: A Paradigm for Tracing Previewing Behaviors.- Defining Play.- Developmental Changes in Play and Play-Related Behaviors.- Factors Contributing to Developmental Transitions.- The Contribution of Mood States.- The Contribution of Socialization.- The Contribution of Cognitive Processing.- Symbolic Play.- Role-Playing.- Conclusion.- 6 Language: A Paradigm for Tracing Previewing Behaviors.- The Relation of Dyadic Regulation to Language Expression.- Antenatal Regulation.- Postnatal Regulation.- The Relation of Affect and Cognition to Intentional Behavior.- The Relationship Between Infant Predictive Abilities and Caregiver Interaction.- Conclusion.- 7 Previewing as a Principle for Motivating Interpersonal Communication.- Previewing as a Dynamic Process.- What is Previewing.- The Psychological Residue of Previewing.- Previewing Facilitates the Infant's Predictive Abilities.- Previewing Enhances the Infant's Ability to Integrate Multi-Modal Perceptions.- Previewing Objectifies Present and Future Reality.- Previewing Supports the Infant's Emerging Sense of Control and Mastery Over the Interaction.- Previewing Provides the Infant with the Ability to Compensate for Developmental Deficits.- Conclusion.- 8 Previewing as a Principle for Intervention.- The Adaptive Caregiver.- The Maladaptive Caregiver.- Previewing and the Adaptive Caregiver.- Previewing and the Maladaptive Caregiver.- Previewing During Treatment.- Previewing as a Means for Accessing Repressed Material.- Previewing as a Means of Obtaining an Unbiased Report.- Previewing as a Means of Predicting Conflict.- Previewing as a Means of Facilitating Multimodal Integration.- Previewing as a Means of Instilling Mastery and Control.- Conclusion.- 9 Using Previewing to Stimulate Optimal Development.- Interpreting Developmental Signals.- Previewing Strategies Designed to Achieve Optimal Stimulation of the Infant.- Conclusion.- 10 Strategies for Enhancing Previewing.- Treatment Techniques.- The Developmentally Disabled Child.- Post Partum Depression.- Psychotherapeutic Techniques for Treating Depression.- Conclusion.- References.- Author Index.
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