Subject: Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Neurodisability

Series: Clinics in Developmental Medicine

Publication date: 01/06/2000

ISBN: 9781898683216

Edition: 1st

Pages: 236

Crying as a Sign, a Symptom and a Signal

Clinical, Emotional and Developmental Aspects of Infant and Toddler Crying

Ronald Barr, Brian Hopkins, James Green (Editors)

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Crying as a Sign, a Symptom and a Signal brings the reader up to date on new evidence concerning the developmental and clinical significance of infant crying in the first few months and years of life.

Initially studied as a sign of disease, crying is now being understood not only as a sign, but also as a symptom of problematic functioning in early development.

We now know much more about normative patterns of development of infant crying and how they may be manifest in a variety of clinical settings (emergency room complaint, painful procedures, colic, temper tantrums, non-verbal and mentally challenged infants). This has brought about a new conceptualization of the significance of early infant crying which an international team of experts describe and examine.

In this authoritative clinical text, both historical and methodological perspectives are brought to a multidisciplinary synopsis of the new understanding of this infant behaviour.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 152

Roland Barr

Roland Barr is Professor of Paediatrics and Psychiatry at McGill University and Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montreal, Canada.

Brian Hopkins

Brian Hopkins is Professor of Psychology at Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.

James Green

James Green is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, Connecticut, USA.

1. Introduction: crying as a sign, a symptom and a signal: evolving concepts of crying behavior Ronald G. Barr, Brian Hopkins and James A. Green;
2. Can we hear the cause of infants’ crying? Gwen E. Gustafson, Rebecca M. Wood and James A. Green;
3. Crying as an indicator of pain in infants Kenneth D. Craig, Cheryl A. Gilbert and Christine M. Lilley;
4. Colic – the ‘transient responsivity’ hypothesis Ronald G. Barr and Megan Gunnar;
5. Clinical ‘pies’ for etiology and outcome in infants presenting with early increased crying Liisa Lehtonen, Siobhan Gormally and Ronald G. Barr;
6. Crying complaints in the emergency department Steven Poole and David Magilner;
7. Crying in the child with a disability: the special challenge of crying as a signal James A. Blackman;
8. Toddlers’ temper tantrums: flushing and other visible autonomic activity in an anger-crying complex Michael Potegal;
9. Acoustic cry analysis, neonatal status and long-term developmental outcome James A. Green, Julia R. Irwin and Gwen E. Gustafson;
10. Crying in infant primates: insights into the development of crying in chimpanzees Kim A. Bard;
11. Development of crying in normal infants: method, theory and some speculations Brian Hopkins;
12. The crying infant and toddler: challenges and promissory notes Ronald G. Barr, Brian Hopkins and James A. Green;

'Taking into consideration the breadth of the topics covered, what is significant about this volume is that is contains under one cover a rich overview of the entire field. The editors are to be commended for bringing out a timely volume that focuses on a complex and somewhat controversial field, this providing the reader with a balanced view of the issues.'

Edward Goldson, Journal of Development & Behavioural Pediatrics

'Parents as well as paediatricians may be relieved to learn that the investigators found little evidence to support the worrisome idea that colic is an early manifestation of a difficult temperament.'

Ernest N Kraybill, JAMA

'The chapters on colic, emergency room attendance because of crying, and crying in children with neurodevelopmental disability are excellent in providing guidelines for assessment and management.'

European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

'The chapters are of a uniformly high standard, but two seem likely to have an especially lasting impact: Can we hear the causes of crying? and Transient Responsivity.' Ian St

James-Roberts, Archives of Disease in Childhood

'This is an outstanding book for clinicians and scientists with an interest in variations and meanings of crying in infants and young children. It is an in-depth study of crying as a form of communication, a sign of maturation, and a modification of infant behavior at the time of health and disease. The contributors are all experts in their fields with both a clinical and scientific foundation. This is the only book in the field. I suspect that it will secure a position as a classic in the study of crying.'

Martin Stein, MD, UCSD Medical Center

'A fascinating and informative book based on extensive research around the reasons why some infants constantly cry. A book I would recommend to any unit that deals with infants and their parents. The information contained in the book will instill in the reader a firmer understanding about the complexity which surrounds the crying baby and will empower professionals to offer more effective interventions to the parent or carer to help resolve this very complex and stressful issue of the crying baby.'

Accident and Emergency Nursing

'It is very welcomed and instructive for those interested in or dealing with infant crying, especially from the scientific point of view. The book is excellent at presenting the state of art of infant crying and combines clinical and nonclinical fields together. The book is undoubtedly valuable and includes extensive information for those dealing with cry research.'

APA Review of Books

'The authors' summary of current knowledge of infant crying is comprehensive and well presented. The book is helpful for those who deal with infant development, especially those interested in developmental psychology.'

The Lancet

'Up-to-date information on the latest research on crying'

Scandinavian Journal of Behaviour Therapy