The Margaret S. Mahler Child Development Foundation was established in
1970. The Foundation's work is aimed at increasing understanding of a child's
psychological and emotional development, particularly as observed in the
separation-individuation process, and communicating that understanding to
parents, therapists, and childcare providers.
Specifically, the Foundation:
- Engages in educational programs that disseminate information
based on sound and current infant and child developmental research.
- Engages in, promotes and supports ongoing research programs
which contribute to the understanding of infant, child and adolescent
development, particularly separation-individuation issues, within a
variety of settings including family, day care centers, nurseries, kindergartens,
schools, and society in general.
- Encourages, assists in, and facilitates clinical, therapeutic
and early intervention and prevention programs based on advances
in the field of infant, child, and adolescent mental health;
- Emphasizes training in advanced developmental theories for
mental health workers and other caregivers.