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The Infant Mental Health Journal & Journal for ZERO TO THREE!

The May-June 2009 issue of the Infant Mental Health Journal (Volume 30 No. 3) includes an important article, "Early Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers: Perspectives of Early Head Start Staff and Parents."  Many Michigan authors contributed to the article: Holly E. Brophy-Herb, Mildred Horodynski, Sara DuPuis, Erika London Bocknek, Esther Onaga, Laurie Van Egeren, Hiram Fitzgerald, Mary Cunningham-Deluca, Shelley Hawver, and Madonna Adkins.  Other authors include Rachel Schiffman from the University of Wisconsin and Sarah Thomas from the University of Connecticut. The article explores beliefs about early emotional development.  The article suggests that parents participating in Early Head Start have some knowledge about basic emotions and the developmental nature of emotions, but may easily misinterpret emotional displays only as attempts at manipulation rather than valid expressions of feelings; expectations for gender-appropriate emotional expressiveness begin early; more empowered parents may view themselves as role models and teachers for their children; and more reflective parents are better prepared to engage in the sensitive interactions needed to guide young children’s growing awarenss of their own and others’ emotions.  Implications for parenting education and program planning utilizing an infant mental health perspective are discussed.  

The May 2009 issue of the Journal for ZERO TO THREE (Volume 29 No. 5) focuses on postpartum mental health. Maria Musik, Katherine Rosenblum, Heather Cameron and Amanda Fezzy, all from the University of Michigan, contribute an important article, "Motherhood in the Face of Trauma: PTSD in the Childbearing Year." The experience of trauma has an effect on how women experience pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.  The authors present information about perinatal posttraumatic stress and highlight the experiences of women and the effect of trauma on their roles and relationships as mothers.  The article concludes with resources and tips for providers when working with mothers in the face of trauma.