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(p. 282) Mentalizing-Based Intervention with Mother–Baby Dyads 

(p. 282) Mentalizing-Based Intervention with Mother–Baby Dyads
(p. 282) Mentalizing-Based Intervention with Mother–Baby Dyads

Marjukka Pajulo

and Mirjam Kalland

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date: 05 April 2020

This chapter describes a mentalizing-based treatment approach for pregnant and parenting women with a substance abuse problem. Based on clinical experience in residential settings, the intervention takes into account maternal abstinence and the importance of enhancing the parent-child relationship. The chapter first considers the pychosocial context of mother-infant dyads entering treatment, as well as the substance-exposed mother and child as regulatory partners. It then examines the perinatal period as a time of motivation, upheaval, and early representations of the baby before turning to a discussion of mentalizing capacity or reflective functioning. The chapter concludes by outlining the treatment program for substance-abusing pregnant and parenting women.

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