Biobehavioral Assessment of the Infant

Biobehavioral Assessment of the Infant

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Recent decades have seen the emergence of many new biobehavioral assessment tools for the newborn and young infant. These instruments have tremendous utility for scientists and practitioners engaged in exploring basic questions of development, studying medical and developmental conditions that place infants at risk, diagnosing the severity of biobehavioral insult, and evaluating the effectiveness of ameliorative interventions. Yet until now there has been no single volume providing an organized, critical examination of available assessment tools. Filling a crucial gap in the literature, this book describes a wide range of approaches to evaluating growth, sensation, arousal, regulation, learning, and attention in the prenatal period and the first year of life. Leading experts describe the historical background and development of each tool; review its diagnostic, methodological, and conceptual utility; highlight strengths and limitations for different uses; and consider broader implications for understanding the development of infants at risk.show more

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Part I: Introductory Issues. Singer, General Issues in Infant Assessment and Development. Seifer, Conceptual and Methodological Basis for Understanding Development and Risk in Infants. Part II: Prenatal Growth and Sensory Development. DiPietro, Fetal Neurobehavioral Assessment. Mayer, Arendt, Visual Acuity Assessment in Infancy. Cobo-Lewis, Eilers, Auditory Assessment in Infancy. Part III: Arousal and Regulation. Porter, Vagal Tone. Thoman, Sleep-Wake States as a Context for Assessment, as Components of Assessment, and as Assessment. Zeskind, Lester, Analysis of Infant Crying. Gunnar, White, Salivary Cortisol Measures in Infant and Child Assessment. Rothbart, Chew, Gartstein, Assessment of Temperament in Early Development. Goldberg, Attachment Assessment in the Strange Situation. Part IV: Learning and Attention. Learning and Memory in Infancy: Habituation, Instrumental Conditioning, and Expectancy. Fagen, Ohr, Formation. Rose, Orlian, Visual Informtion Processing. Lawson, Ruff, Focused Attention: Assessing a Fundamental Cognitive Process in Infancy. Noland, The A-Not-B Task. D. L. Molfese, V. J. Molfese, Cortical Electrophysiology and Language Processes in Infancy. Marshall, Fox, Electroencephalographic Assessment and Human Brain Maturation: A Window into Emotional and Cognitive Development in Infancy. Part V: Standard Assessments. Lester, Tronick, Behavioral Assessment Scales: The NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale, the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, and the Assessment of the Preterm Infant's Behavior. Korner, Constantinou, The Neurobehavioral Assessment of the Preterm Infant: Reliability and Developmental and Clinical Validity. Gardner, Karmel, Freedland, Determining Functional Integrity in Neonates: A Rapid Neurobehavioral Assessment Tool. Case-Smith, Bigsby, Motor Assessment. Bendersky, Lewis, The Bayley Scales of Infant Development: Is There a Role in Biobehavioral Assessment?show more