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Authors: Deborah Winders Davis, M. Cynthia Logsdon (University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA) 
Book Description:
Globally and across the lifespan, children spend more time with their mothers than any other person and they have optimal cognitive and social development and appropriate behavior if their mothers are sensitive. Thus, promoting maternal sensitivity is a public health concern. A sensitive mother is a good communicator and is able to quickly read nonverbal cues, “be in the moment” in her focus on interactions with the child, respect the child’s desire for more or less space between them, react positively and consistently, and speak in a way that is appealing to the child. This book brings together the work of the most highly respected scholars in the field of maternal sensitivity in order to provide a firm foundation for clinical practice. (Imprint: Nova Press)

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Table of Contents:
I. Introduction to Concept of Maternal Sensitivity

1. Parental Sensitivity in Early Development: Conceptualization, Methods, Measurement and Generalizability;pp. 1-15
(Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda & Lisa Baumwell)

2. Maternal Sensitivity: A Concept Analysis;pp. 17-30
(Jessica Massouda, Deborah Winders Davis, & M. Cynthia Logsdon)

3. Maternal Sensitivity and Responsiveness: A Conceptual Framework with Empirical Evidence;pp. 31-44
(Susan H. Landry & Karen E. Smith)

4. Maternal Sensitivity in Dyadic Context: Mutual Regulation, Meaning-making, and Reparation;pp. 45-69
(Marjorie Beeghly, Marina Fuertes, Cindy Liu, M. Susan Delonis, & Ed Tronick)

5. Emotional Availability of Mothers to Children across the Developmental Period;pp. 71-92
(Lucia Ciciolla, Keith Crnic, Laura Flamini, David Morrison, & M. Cynthia Logsdon)

II. Gene X Environment Interaction

6. Differential Susceptibility to Maternal Sensitivity;pp. 95-106
(Michael Pluess & Jay Belsky)

7. Within-Family Genetic Influences on Maternal Caregiving;pp. 107-121
(W. Roger Mills-Koonce & Cathi B. Propper)

III. Lifespan and Special Populations

8. Parenting Infants;pp. 125-143
(Susan C. Crockenberg & Esther M. Leerkes)

9. Maternal Sensitivity in Middle Childhood;pp. 145-156
(Robert H. Bradley & Amy L. Pennar)

10. Adolescent Motherhood, Maternal Sensitivity and Early Infant Development;pp. 157-177
(George M. Tarabulsy, Greg Moran, David R. Pederson, Marc Provost, & Simon Larose)

11. Maternal Sensitivity and Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children with Developmental Delay;pp. 179-194
(Alison Niccols & Ainsley Smith)

12. Parenting Children in High-Risk Environments: An Examination of Maternal Sensitivity in Poverty;pp. 195-214
(Crystal Day)

IV. Determinants of Health

13. Connections of Maternal Sensitivity to Children’s Development, Health, and Well-Being;pp; 217-256
(Michaela L. Zajicek-Farber)

V. Measurement

14. Becoming Sensitive to Sensitivity: Lessons Learned from the Development of the Maternal Behaviour Q-Sort;pp. 259-281
(Greg Moran, David R. Pederson, & George M. Tarabulsy)

VI. Intervention

15. Interventions to Promote Maternal Responsiveness and Sensitivity;pp. 285-294
(June Andrews Horowitz)

Final Remarks;pp. 295-296
(M. Cynthia Logsdon & Deborah Winders Davis)

Index pp.297-309

      Psychology Research Progress
      Family Issues in the 21st Century
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011 1st quarter
   Pages: 309.pp
   ISBN: 978-1-61122-728-4
   Status: AV
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