Role of infant crying in the early mother-infant dialogue.

  title={Role of infant crying in the early mother-infant dialogue.},
  author={Christine Acebo and Evelyn B. Thoman},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  volume={57 3},
This study examines the communicative role of crying by assessing the ability of infants to indicate different degrees of distress in different social circumstances. Behaviors of mother-infant pairs were observed in the home for 7-h periods when the infants were 2, 3, 4, and 5 wk old; and three weekly observations were made when the infants were 1 yr old. A Cry Responsiveness Index (CRI) was derived to quantify the degree to which a baby cried differentially during each observation. This… CONTINUE READING