Attachment at the Extremes
Lecture with Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., MD
Consequences of adverse early experiences have been demonstrated clearly, and profound compromises in attachment, as well as other domains of development, have been described. Intervention to remediate adversity has been shown to be effective, particularly if secure attachment relationships with caregivers can be fostered. Fostering secure attachments is a successful strategy for remediating adverse early experiences and promoting enhanced social and psychological functioning in subsequent development. Although social and emotional development are exquisitely vulnerable to adversity, they are also quite responsive to intervention.
Dr. Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., is Sellars Polchow Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is also the Executive Director, Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Dr. Zeanah is widely recognized for his leadership in the field of infant mental health, especially in understanding infants’ development in the context of infant-parent relationships in high- and low-risk families. His work includes a major interest in infant-parent attachment and in internal representations of attachment in infants and parents.