Infant Crying

Theoretical and Research Perspectives

  • Barry M. Lester
  • C. F. Zachariah Boukydis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Barry M. Lester
    Pages 1-27
  3. Howard L. Golub, Michael J. Corwin
    Pages 59-82
  4. Ole Wasz-Höckert, Katarina Michelsson, John Lind
    Pages 83-104
  5. Carl-Johan Thodén, Anna-Liisa Järvenpää, Katarina Michelsson
    Pages 105-117
  6. Raymond H. Colton, Alfred Steinschneider, Lois Black, John Gleason
    Pages 119-137
  7. Peter F. Ostwald, Thomas Murry
    Pages 139-158
  8. Philip Sanford Zeskind
    Pages 159-185
  9. C. F. Zachariah Boukydis
    Pages 187-215
  10. Ann D. Murray
    Pages 217-239
  11. Wilberta L. Donovan, Lewis A. Leavitt
    Pages 241-261
  12. Ann Frodi
    Pages 263-277
  13. Jennifer S. Buchwald, Carl Shipley
    Pages 279-305
  14. John D. Newman
    Pages 307-323
  15. T. Berry Brazelton
    Pages 325-340
  16. Martin Bax
    Pages 341-348
  17. Peter H. Wolff
    Pages 349-354
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 355-375

About this book


The cries of infants and children are familiar to essentially all adults, and we all have our own common sense notions of the meanings of various cries at each age level. As is often the case, in the study of various aspects ofhuman behavior we often investigate what seems self­ evident to the general public. For example,if an infant cries, he or she needs atttention;if the cry is different than usual, he or she is sick; and when we areupsetby othermatters, children's crying can be very annoy­ ing. As a pediatric clinician often faced with discussing with parents their concerns or lack of them with respect to their children's crying, these usual commonsense interpretations were frequently inadequate. As this book illustrates, when we investigate such everyday behaviors as children's crying and adults' responses to crying, the nature of the problem becomes surprisingly complex. As a pediatrician working in the newborn nursery early in my career, I knew from pediatric textbooks and from nursery nurses, that newborn infants with high, piercing cries were often abnormal. In order to teach this interestingphenomenon to others and tounderstand under what circumstances it occurred, I found I needed to know what consti­ tuted a high-pitched cry or even a normal cry, for that matter, and how often this occurred with sick infants. Certainly I saw sick infants who did not have high-pitched cries, but I still wonderedif their cries were deviant in some other way.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Barry M. Lester
    • 1
  • C. F. Zachariah Boukydis
    • 1
  1. 1.The Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9455-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2381-5
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