The authors discuss the role of infant observation in the training of
child psychiatrists, emphasizing the overriding importance of the subtle
but crucial interactions in the mother-infant relationship. Infant
observation is valuable in preparing the student as an observer of
behavior, and developmental concepts are taught and learned more easily in
programs that provide opportunities for observing normal infants. The
infant study program in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of
Michigan Medical Center is presented as a model.