In this summer issue of the journal, interested readers and potentialauthors might first notice that the Guidelines for Authors have beenupdated (see the back cover). The psychological factors related to themother and her pregnancy, the sentience of the child developing in thewomb, the influence of the family within the context of the society andthe environment, these will always remain pivotal topics for publicationin the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Yetchanges are occurring in the 21st century and these shifts are bothexciting and somewhat anxiety provoking. For example, the need foraccountability in prenatal and perinatal psychotherapy (how changeoccurs) and a call for testing our beliefs and assumptions are a couple ofthese. Another shift occurring now is the greater emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach in our scientific investigations. Where onceseparate disciplines did not include or integrate competing theories orapproaches, now we are seeing the problems as similar and solvabletogether. And of course, there remains the call for ethical decision-makingand guidelines for practitioners. That said, the potential for uniqueand/or theoretical papers, as have been published in the journal since itsinception, are still crucially important for the continued health anddevelopment of our field.
Another change readers will notice in upcoming issues will be thelook of the journal pages. These changes will reflect our compliance withthe newest edition (6th) of the Publication Manual of the AmericanPsychological Association (2009). For example, the way headings appearwill be different, the form and resolution of tables and graphs, and ofcourse, references that reflect the wide range of electronic sources. Let usgo now to journal articles published in this issue.
The first article is by Anna R. Brandon and her colleagues, SandraPitts, Wayne H. Denton, C. Allen Stringer, and H. M. Evans and isentitled: A History of the Theory of Prenatal Attachment. The integrationhere is a combination of attachment, prenatal psychology, and nursingliteratures using historical and multi-disciplinary lenses. Attachment,traditionally beginning at birth, is shown as a construct that is a widelyaccepted dynamic for human health development. This article extends200 Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Healththat theory by reaching into the prenatal period. This extensive reviewwill benefit young families and all the professionals who support them.Factors Contributing to Delay in Racial and Ethnic Minority WomenSeeking Early Prenatal Care is the second article in this issue, written byAgnes M. Richardson, Warren A. Rhodes, and Edward G. Singleton. It isthe solid reporting of their study that investigated women’s access toprenatal care at an urban health center to determine perceptions ofbarriers to early initiation of services. The results suggest a distrust ofhealth care professionals when there is discrimination on the basis ofrace. Ways to improve access to timely prenatal care for women of allraces and ethnicities are also suggested.
The final article, Prenatal Themes in Alzheimer’s Disease, reflects theauthor’s (Rien Verdult) years of working with Alzheimer patients fromhis unique prenatal and perinatal perspective, namely that a prenatallink is possible. His article carefully describes the memory disturbances,which are central in Alzheimer’s disease, as leading to a loss of autonomyand identity, and that there is an anxiety connect with that. As thedecline reaches its depths, the emotional retrogenesis (or reversedevelopmental stages) goes as far back as prenatal and perinatalmemories and behaviors. The author’s call is for the Alzheimer’s patientto be given an environment that reflects the characteristics of a womb,and that the nursing staff’s approach should reflect or symbolize the‘good-enough’ mother. This is an absolutely amazing read by a dedicatedclinician who is untangling this challenging condition.
We have two book reviews in this issue as well, beginning withStephen M. Maret, Ph.D. and his newest offering, Introduction toPrenatal Psychology (2009), Church Gate Books, New Providence, NewJersey. I jumped at the chance to review it!
The second book reviewed is Alison Gopnik’s The Philosophical Baby:What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life(2009), published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux of New York. This bookreview was done by Peggy Phillips, PhDc.
Finally, as has been announced in the APPPAH Newsletter, I havebeen selected to serve as the Chair for the 2010 International Congressin Asilomar. And no surprise, my passion for research, theory building,and critical discussion of ideas is reflected in the theme: “Embracing theScience of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology: What We Know, How WeKnow It.” I hope to see you there!
Bobbi Jo Lyman, Ph.D. , Editor-in-Chief
Santa Barbara Graduate Institute of
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology