Welcome to the Winter, 2010 edition of JOPPPAH. We have three very intense and thought provoking articles from international authors in this issue. The strengthening of international connections can only add to our knowledge and move the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health forward as we enter the 2nd decade of the 21st century, so we are very grateful for these contributions.
Our opening article is from Loredana Cena and Antonio Imbasciati of the University of Brescia in Italy. They bring us a history and description of Perinatal Clinical Psychology and how it may be applied in clinical settings. This history includes connections with and the development of psychoanalysis and child psychology through the last century or so. A scan through the English translations in the reference list will give you an indication of the richness of prenatal and perinatal psychology literature that is not yet available in English.
Next we have Christof Plothe from Germany with an extensive literature search supporting his hypothesis that there may be a connection between the use of synthetic oxytocin in birth and the rise in autism. Those of you who were fortunate enough to attend his session at the Fall Congress know his passion for the topic and will, along with the rest of us who did not have that opportunity, appreciate having this material in writing for your ready reference. The literature search alone makes this an article worth saving.
Finally, from Canada, Dr. Philip Ney returns to our pages after a long absence. His articles, in collaboration with other researchers from the University of British Columbia, were published in the Fall and Winter, 1993 editions of what was then called the Pre-and Perintal Psychology Journal. This time, in collaboration with Claudia Sheils and Marek Gajowy, he again addresses the controversial topic of abortion, presenting evidence of post abortion survivor syndrome (PASS) in individuals whose mothers have had abortions. This is a very emotional topic and will generate some discussion of the validity of the research. However, it is important that this issue be openly discussed and the possibilities explored. In that spirit, we welcome Dr. Ney and his colleagues to these pages.
Due to the length of these articles we are not including book reviews in this issue. However, I would like to welcome the new book review editor, Patricia Lucas, to our team. Patricia is a recent graduate of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, with a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. She is very enthusiastic about her new position and brings new energy to our team. You can look forward to good coverage of current books and videos in future editions of JOPPPAH thanks to Patricia's hard work.