Empathy, gender, and training as factors in the identification of cry-signal patterns of infants

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Samuel T. Gladding (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Mary Elizabeth Keister

Abstract: Infant/caregiver attachment is a developmental process that depends on the caregiver's ability to recognize and correctly respond to the needs of an infant. One of the primary ways an infant expresses needs is through its cry-signal. Wasz-Hockert et al. (1964a) have identified four infant cry-signals (birth, hunger, pain, and pleasure). They have constructed a checklist method for scoring the responses of adults to these cry-signals, plus an overall cry-signal (the total score of the four cry-signals), Wasz-Hockert et al. (1964a, 1964b) found that experienced males and females could recognize cry-signals more accurately than their inexperienced counterparts. However, these studies did not consider the subject's background apart from experience in child care. The present study was an effort to determine how various factors, namely empathy, gender and training, affect a person's ability to correctly identify cry-signals.

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Language: English
Date: 1977
Infants $x Care
Child care workers $x Training of
Crying in infants

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