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Interpersonal Neurobiology, Parenting and

Parenting behavior critically shapes infants’ behavior. The parent–infant bond provides infants with their first social experiences, creating a framework for what children can expect from others as well as how to respond to others’ expectations. Much evidence exists that the physiological and mental wellness of the parents can influence the successful development of a child. Thus, unhealthy parenting can adversely influence a child’s development. Interpersonal neurobiology is a framework that offers counselors and the families with whom they work an approach to promote healthy parenting and child development. To put it quite simply, this approach suggests that we are a product of our biology and neurodevelopmental evolution. Interpersonal neurobiology is an integrative approach that uses science to inform and assist with the everyday human struggle ...

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