Research reveals importance of early parent-child relations in emotional development

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(Medical Xpress)—Researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Reading and University College London (UCL), found that the quality of the relationship in the first 18-months of life predicted the way in which the brain regulates experiences of positive emotion in young adulthood, …

Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

It is so important that parents understand how to relate to their infants and toddlers and yet they are taught nothing. How do you create secure attachment? How do you achieve this with an infant who is slow to warm up, intense in her emotional responses, and negative in his first impression to whatever is happening in his life from moment to moment?


I spend a great deal of time going over their child’s temperament profile when I have been asked to evaluate that child for a behavior and (or) learning problem.  Of course by then that emotional regulation and attachment has been influenced by years of interactions that tend to be reactions, rather than empathetic responses. Changes for the better do occur from my work with these parents, but wouldn’t it be much more proactive to help parents learn this from the birth of their child onward? 


Let’s work to provide new parents with knowledge and support about how children can be wired for behavioral and emotional response (temperament) so that they can meet their child from a point of competence and confidence rather than fear and confusion.

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