Parental Psychopathology and Children’s Sleep

Ronald Seifer

in Sleep and Development

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395754
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894468 | DOI:
Parental Psychopathology and Children’s Sleep

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The large majority of studies examining children's sleep in the context of parental psychopathology are concerned with the specific measures of sleep, such as bedtime, rise time, efficiency, or duration (as opposed to more functional consequences of sleep, such as emotional lability or poor performance). Furthermore, the existing literature is dominated by questionnaire and activity-based measures of sleep. This chapter begins with the largest portion of this literature—sleep characteristics during infancy and early childhood. Following this are shorter sections on middle childhood and adolescence. These descriptions of the empirical literature is followed by integrative material on methodologic issues (such as sleep assessment strategies, informant confounds, and psychopathology assessment), as well as theoretical integration of the available literature.

Keywords: children's sleep; parental psychopathology; sleep characteristics; childhood; adolescence; empirical literature

Chapter.  6969 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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