The World in WAIMH

The World in WAIMH is a column intended to generate reflection and dialogue about infancy and infant mental health within our global community. Joshua Sparrow, Director of Planning, Strategy and Program Development at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School) conceived of this column in 2013. What follows is a list of articles that have been published in this column to date. They represent diverse perspectives and challenge all of us to think in a variety of ways about infants, families and communities:

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health Vol. 21 No. 3 (Summer 2013) Child Justice, Caregiver Empowerment, and Community Self-Determination (Excerpts), J. Sparrow

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health Vol. 21 No. 4 (Fall 2013) Finding a Place for Early Child Development in the Hierarchy of Needs (Excerpts), N. KendallTaylor & M. Baran

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health Vol. 22 No. 1 (Spring 2014) A Community Service Clinical Psychologist Reflects on a Parenting Skills Workshop in Nolungile Clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, T. Dube

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health Vol. 22 No. 2-3 (Summer 2014) Los Momentos Magicos: A practical Model for Child Mental Health Professionals to Volunteer by Supporting Caregivers in Institutions in Developing Countries, A. Harrison

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health Vol. 22 No. 4 (Fall 2014) Connecting with South Africa, (Excerpts), A. Berg

Our shared hope is that this will offer space for challenge and interdisciplinary discussion. We are asking the WAIMH community for commentary, field reports, case studies, research articles, book reviews, new submissions and (when proper permission can be obtained) adaptations of previously published articles that may be of interest.

This issue’s World in WAIMH column features a fascinating reflection by psychologist, Niels Rygaard, founder of on global and urban trends affecting infants, parents, and the caregiving environments in which they grow and develop. His piece is a challenging and thought-provoking one, and offered with the generous spirit of sparking dialogue among WAIMH members and beyond. We welcome your comments and reactions to Infant Mental Health in the Global Village and look forward to publishing them in future issues of Perspectives.


The World in WAIMH


Sparrow, Joshua,
Brazelton Touchpoints Center,
Boston, United States,

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