The development and implementation of a home intervention program for high risk infants

The purpose of this project was to develop, implement, and evaluate a home intervention project involving 30 high risk infants delivered at Los Angeles California University of Southern California (LAC/USC) Medical Center. In addition it was hoped that the maternal-infant interaction would be promoted so as to reduce the effects of mother-infant separation and thus optimize the development of the infant. The decision to undertake this project was based on interviews with concerned health professionals who revealed a high incidence of pathological maternal-infant relationships in high risk infants. The infants in the home intervention program were studied for two years utilizing visits by health professionals who introduced the mother to skills enhancing the physical and cognitive development of the infant. Positive reinforcement and emotional support were given to the parent to foster improvement in maternal-infant interaction patterns. (See more in text.)