April 2008

Infant Crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome

Infant Crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome: The Evidence Base for Implementing the "PURPLE" Prevention Program

May 6, 2008

2:00 pm-3:00 pm EST


Dr. Ronald G. Barr.  Ronald Barr MA, MDCM, FRCP(C) is the Canada Research Chair in Community Child Health Research at the University of British Columbia, Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, and Director of the Centre for Community Child Health Research at the Child and Family Research Institute of the BC Children’s Hospital. In addition, he is the Director of the “Experience-based Brain and Biological Development” Programme of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Both his clinical work and research have focused on the needs of infants and young children. He is well-known for his studies on the biological and behavioral determinants of behavior, including pain, behavioral state and crying, cognition and memory, as well as for the outcomes of early clinical manifestations of these behaviors for later development (temperament, reactivity). In addition, his current interests include primary community prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome. He was a Fellow of the Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in 2000-2001. He was Associate Editor of the leading journal Child Development and serves on the editorial boards of more than a dozen pediatric, child development and anthropology journals. He was past President of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He was chair of the “Developmental Committee” of the Canadian Centre of Excellence Network focused on dissemination of our understanding of current knowledge on early child development. The teleconference will focus on providing the evidence base behind the primary community educational program called the Period of PURPLE Crying, designed to prevent shaken baby syndrome and infant physical abuse, especially under 1 year of age.

It will briefly review:

  1. the seriousness of shaken baby syndrome (abusive head trauma);
  2. the evidence for the normality of early increased crying in infancy;
  3. the relationship between increased crying and shaken baby syndrome;
  4. the components of the PURPLE programme;
  5. the conceptual frame behind the PURPLE program;
  6. preliminary results from an RCT to assess its ability to change knowledge and behaviors relevant to SBS prevention; and
  7. the elements of implementation throughout a jurisdiction.

Session Materials

At the request of the presenter, the presentation slides and the video are unavailable.

For more information on Shaken Baby Syndrome and the Period of PURPLE Crying, please visit www.dontshake.org.

Updated April 17, 2008