Crying as a Sign, a Symptom, and a Signal: Clinical, Emotional and Developmental Aspects of Infant and Toddler Crying / Edition 1

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Overview

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 152

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 behavior.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Martin T. Stein, MD (UCSD Medical Center)
Description: The specialty of developmental and behavioral pediatrics connects clinical observations of infants and children with the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and anthropology. In this book the editors integrate what is known about crying from the perspective of clinician and scientist. This is a comprehensive text on crying in infants and young children during health and illness.
Purpose: The editors' purpose is to bring together clinical and nonclinical information about crying. This is an extraordinarily important contribution in that they alert knowledgeable clinicians to the basic science of crying and inform the scientist about clinical values and meanings of crying. The editors meet their objectives by including contributors from a wide variety of disciplines. The information is timely and the references are up to date.
Audience: Pediatricians, clinical psychologists, and developmental psychologists are the target audience. Pediatricians and neonatologists will find the book particularly interesting. Students, residents, and general practitioners may use the text as a reference source. The editors are recognized experts in the field, and the contributors have strong backgrounds as well.
Features: Infant crying is reviewed in detail as an indication of pain, in the context of colic, as a sign of acute/chronic illness, and as a special problem in the child with a disability. Chapters on acoustic analysis of crying and crying in infant primates add a strong scientific dimension to the book. The editors have carefully selected clear tables, graphs, and photographs to highlight important topics. Their approach to colic (causes and outcomes) brings creative clinical insights and tools to pediatric clinicians.
Assessment: 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 T. Stein
The specialty of developmental and behavioral pediatrics connects clinical observations of infants and children with the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and anthropology. In this book the editors integrate what is known about crying from the perspective of clinician and scientist. This is a comprehensive text on crying in infants and young children during health and illness. The editors' purpose is to bring together clinical and nonclinical information about crying. This is an extraordinarily important contribution in that they alert knowledgeable clinicians to the basic science of crying and inform the scientist about clinical values and meanings of crying. The editors did meet their objectives by including contributors from a wide variety of disciplines. The information is timely and the references are up to date. Pediatricians, clinical psychologists, and developmental psychologists are the target audience. Pediatricians and neonatologists will find the book particularly interesting. Students, residents, and general practitioners may use the text as a reference source. The editors are recognized experts in the field, and the contributors have strong backgrounds as well. Infant crying is reviewed in detail as an indication of pain, in the context of colic, as a sign of acute/chronic illness, and as a special problem in the child with a disability. Chapters on acoustic analysis of crying and crying in infant primates add a strong scientific dimension to the book. The editors have carefully selected clear tables, graphs, and photographs to highlight important topics. Their approach to colic (causes and outcomes) brings creative clinical insights and tools to pediatricclinicians. 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.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781898683216
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

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; 11. Crying in infant primates: insights into the development of crying in chimpanzees Kim A. Bard; 12. Development of crying in normal infants: method, theory and some speculations Brian Hopkins; 13. The crying infant and toddler: challenges and promissory notes Ronald G. Barr, Brian Hopkins and James A. Green; Index.

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