This book will be of interest to any mental health clinician, child development specialist or parent educator, interested in ways to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship. It presents an attachment-based, prevention and early intervention group model referred to as reflective parenting. The basic assumption of the book is that when parents are able to reflect on the meaning of their child’s behavior as well as their own, it increases the likelihood that the child will do better in the long run of life. An in depth history of the concepts of reflective function (aka, mentalization) is provided, along with the details of the methods and techniques for facilitating a parent group designed to enhance reflective function in all aspects of parenting from the pre-natal period, through infancy, early childhood and eventually during adolescence.
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I have been in private practice for over 35 years, with a special interest in parents and couples.