A decade of parent and infant relationship support group therapy programs.

  • Smith J
  • Cumming A
  • Xeros-Constantinides S
  • 66


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 12


    Citations of this article.


A 10-year experience with a unique, short-term community group therapy program, Parent and Infant Relationship Support (PAIRS) for high risk infants and their parents is discussed. The program offers ten, 2-hour closed weekly group therapy sessions for mothers and their babies, following a parallel conjoint model of group work. The aims of the PAIRS group program are threefold: to increase positive parent-infant interaction and secure attachment, to decrease maternal postnatal depression, and to foster optimal infant development. Evaluation of the program has shown promising results in comparison with a control group. Clinical case material is used to illustrate therapeutic processes underlying the positive outcomes.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Jan C. Smith

  • Anne Cumming

  • Sophia Xeros-Constantinides

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free