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Infants are born into a social world and their survival depends on their successful integration into it. From this perspective, the family can be seen as a ‘holding environment’ for the developing infant. Infants are so dependent on their environments for the support they need to develop appropriately, that any discussion of infant mental health has to include careful consideration of the context of the infant’s life.
In fact, perhaps the key challenge in parent/infant work is to try to grasp the complexity of issues that exist for the families we work with. The aim of this topic is to explore aspects of diversity in family environments.
Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to: