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Early infant crying as a behavioral state rather than a signal

  • Ronald G. Barr (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X04230102
  • Published online: 01 August 2004
Abstract

I argue that in the first three months, crying is primarily a behavioral state rather than a signal and that its properties include prolonged and unsoothable crying bouts as part of normal development. However, these normal properties trigger Shaken Baby Syndrome, a form of child abuse that does not easily fit an adaptive infanticide analysis.

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  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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