Sleep in Children Links with Marital Conflict and Child Development

Mona El-Sheikh and Ryan and J. Kelly

in Sleep and Development

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395754
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894468 | DOI:
Sleep in Children Links with Marital Conflict and Child Development

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Children's exposure to marital conflict and sleep problems are pivotal risk factors for myriad mental and physical health problems, yet scholars have only recently begun to investigate relations between these important domains of children's lives. This chapter extends the dialogue on family functioning, pediatric sleep, and child development research with the hope of highlighting how concurrent examinations of familial processes and children's sleep can illuminate children's adaptation and maladaptation. The main objective is to review the small but growing body of literature that establishes a connection between children's exposure to their parents' marital conflict and disruptions in their sleep. While doing so, it presents conceptual considerations that may be useful as researchers begin to address the question, “Why does marital conflict relate to children's sleep?”.

Keywords: children's sleep; marital conflict; child development; sleeping problems; family functioning

Chapter.  8954 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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