Pre-birth assessments
by Robin Balbernie

This page is an edited extract from a paper written by Robin Balbernie on assessment and evaluation measures / tools that can be used in early intervention services. See the full paper here. Robin divides all the tools he describes into nine areas of which pre-birth assessment is the fifth, each of the nine areas has a separate page on this wiki, links to all nine areas are available on an overview page.)


1. John Condon and team in Australia have developed a questionnaire to assess attachment for both mothers and fathers in both the pre- and
post-natal period. These are available from: http://dspace.flinders.edu.au/xmlui/handle/2328/35290

2. The 14 item self-report Prenatal Reflective Functioning Questionnaire that assesses parental mentalization pre-birth is in the process of being
validated; and will lead to a slightly adapted version (mostly involving a change of tense) that can be used in the first year after birth. This looks
if it will be extremely helpful both for screening and assessment. (See: Pajulo, M., et al., (2015) The prenatal reflective functioning
questionnaire: exploring factor structure and cohort validity of a new measure in the Finn brain birth cohort. IMHJ, 36 (4) 399-414.) This
measure builds upon how differences in the parental capacity to focus on feelings in themselves and the baby affect attachment and socioemotional
development. It assesses three factors from 14 different Likart Scales: opacity of mental states, reflecting on the fetus-baby,
and the dynamic nature of mental states. Two scales, one for mothers another for fathers. On a parental cohort of 600 mothers and fathers
this measure showed significant promise as a tool for evaluating the need for intervention. It looks very useful, and I have copies of the
English translation.

3. As mentioned, there is a pre-birth version of The Working Model of the Child Interview.