A Tear Jerker: The Impact of Infant Crying
Infant crying elicits our empathy and drives us nuts. It alerts parents to the needs of the infant, but persistent infant crying has also been documented as a major trigger of maltreatment.
How do we perceive, interpret, and react to infant crying? What roles do gender, parenting experience, and oxytocin levels play in explaining the variance in reactivity to infant crying?