Editorial: For crying out loud: Infant signaling and parental responsiveness
Charles H. Zeanah
Crying represents a powerful signal for human newborns. How parents should respond has been a matter of debate, with some urging prompt responding and others expressing concern about spoiling. Despite the fervor of the debate, few longitudinal observational studies have addressed the question. A new study in this issue by Bilgin and Wolke provides important data about ignoring crying in early infancy and its predictive correlates. The results of their investigation are discussed in the context of attachment and behavioral theories.
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Professor Charles H. Zeanah is Sellars-Polchow Professor in Psychiatry and Professor in Clinical Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tulane University, USA. He is also a member of the board of directors for Zero to Three.