Authors: Chryne Griffiths (Charlie) and Patricia Glossop, NSW
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Interventions for babies and mothers
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: There is a growing recognition that the trajectory to success, both in school and in later life, begins in the early years. What happens during pregnancy and the first three years of life can lay the foundation for becoming a productive, contributing member of society, or it can lay the foundation for intergenerational cycles of abuse (physical, emotional and sexual), neglect, violence, dysfunction, and mental illness. Many of these problems can be prevented if social-emotional development during infancy and early childhood is understood and fostered, and if we have programs and services that support children and their families. Factors, which put children at risk for a mental disorder include; violence, intense family conflict, maternal psychiatric disorder, poverty, abuse, and neglect. If these at-risk children can be identified early, intervention and support can lead to better outcomes in terms of the emotional well being of the child. One way of changing the long-term trajectory from poor to good outcomes for Aboriginal parents would be to provide culturally appropriate parenting programs.