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The dark side of fear expression: Infant crying as a trigger for maladaptive parental responses

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While infant fearfulness, and its expression via crying, may have been adaptive in our evolutionary history, for modern parents, crying can be challenging to respond to. We discuss how and why prolonged crying can raise the risk for difficulties with adult care. Given that crying is the most-reported trigger for shaking, its potential to elicit maladaptive responses should not be overlooked.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere75
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2023

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