Literature Review

The development of parent-infant/child psychotherapy in South Africa: A review of the history from infancy towards maturity

  • Nicola Dugmore


This paper takes the form of an account of the emergence of the field of  psychoanalytically informed parent-infant/child psychotherapy in South Africa.  It traces the origins and the development of the South African field by locating  local practice within the international field. The influential links between international approaches and local practice and services are described. The historical account is based on a review of published parent-infant/child literature, including South African authored texts. Interviews with key local stakeholders and practitioners  supplement the literature review. This paper endeavours to locate parent-infant/child psychotherapy more clearly on the map of mental health work in South Africa, and in so doing to promote the work as both a relevant and valuable intervention.

Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2011, 23(2): 75–90

Author Biography

Nicola Dugmore
University of the Witwatersrand, Department of Psychology, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1728-0591
print ISSN: 1728-0583