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date: 26 February 2021

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This chapter follows the establishment and operation of an infant mental health clinic in central Israel. It presents a general model of community-based assessment of infant mental health, which is based on the principle of expanding the context of infant assessment outside the clinician’s office. The chapter then focuses on the unique challenges of mental health assessment of infants in multirisk families and in those placed out of home because of abuse and/or neglect. It describes the pretreatment and posttreatment evaluation battery for very high-risk infants and their parents who have agreed to enroll in a specially designed intensive treatment program that was developed at the unit during the past two years. Finally, this chapter presents a case study of high-risk infants that describes the process of assessment.

Keywords: infant mental health, high-risk infants, infant assessment, infant’s symptoms, community-based evaluation, multirisk families, mental health assessment

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