Observe the child’s reactions to strangers, including those from other races.
No elicitation needed.
The child shows distress when strangers want to interact or hold him. If the stranger is of another race, the child may stare longer before showing distress.
Explain to parents that stranger anxiety is normal. It demonstrates that the infant knows whom he can trust (parents) and who is an unknown entity. This is a good sign, as it signals attachment to the parent and a hesitancy toward strangers.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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