Infant mental health: A consultation and treatment team for at-risk infants and toddlers

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Abstract

The number of homeless adolescent parents with infants is increasing nationwide. Homeless adolescent parents are often from highly dysfunctional backgrounds, are usually single, and lack social support, factors that can negatively affect parenting. The infants of such parents are at increased risk for emotional and developmental problems. This article describes an interdisciplinary infant mental health intervention and consultation program in a shelter for homeless adolescents. Approaches to training, consultation, and flexible, nontraditional intervention efforts are discussed.

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