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Best books on Infant Mental Health
Starting points for further study and thinking

Here are some infant mental health books that we have found very valuable, and can recommend to you.

The field of IMH is rapidly developing: there are new publications all the time. If you find a publication which should be on our list, please let us know by posting on the Books & Articles forum.

Starter books

If you are starting your IMH journey, you might find these books helpful as both an introduction and overview.

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Parenting support

There are many parenting books, not all of them reflecting IMH research and understanding. Here are a few recommended by members of AiMH.

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Therapeutic interventions

As Daniel Stern wrote, there are many different 'ports of entry' when offering help where the attachment relationship is under stress. These books provide an overview into a wide range of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.

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Infant development

Here is a selection of books looking at development in the early years. There are many others available. New research is regularly published.

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Infant brain development

The developing baby's brain is being continually shaped by relationships. This initial phase of maximum 'neuroplasticity' is significant for all IMH work. These books provide an introduction to neurodevelopment research relevant to IMH.

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Attachment theory

Here is a selection of books that examine and explain attachment theory. They show how this has progressed and been applied since it was originally developed by John Bowlby. Many other titles and articles are available.

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