Infant Development

Preparation

Choose a topic from the list below (or choose a topic of your own) to use as the foundation for this assignment. Use the Capella library and Internet to locate academic and professional articles on the topic. Use a minimum of three (at least one academic and one professional) recent (within the last 5 years) articles as resources for this assignment.

Topics:
  • The effect of maternal stress on prenatal development.
  • Prenatal exposure to drugs and the effects on brain development.
  • Environmental influences on prenatal development. Please select only one:
    • Diseases.
    • Outside environmental hazards.
    • Medications (legal and illegal).
    • Alcohol and tobacco.
  • The effect of maternal post-partum depression on newborn infant development.
  • The effects of premature birth on the developing infant.

Requirements

For this assignment:

  • Describe the problem as it exists today in the United States. Be sure to include any statistics on frequency, geographic distribution, cultural distribution, and so on.
  • Explain how the problem affects the developing infant.
  • Explain how the research findings have influenced both social thinking and social policies with regard to the problem.
  • Offer one intervention you would recommend if a client came to you with the selected problem.

Additional Requirements

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message and is consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (6th Edition) style and formatting.
  • Resources: Minimum of three scholarly or professional resources. Please note that popular resources such as Wikipedia or About.com are not considered to be appropriate.
  • Length: 3–4 typed, double-spaced pages not including title page and reference page.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point font.
 
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