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Sleep Environments of  Young Children in Post-Industrial Societies

Melissa M. Burnham and Erika and E. Gaylor

in Sleep and Development

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395754
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395754.003.0009
Sleep Environments of  Young Children in Post-Industrial Societies

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This chapter delineates the sleep environments found in industrialized nations using the Developmental Systems Theory (DST) as a framework for understanding their variability. It discusses the environments of both nighttime and daytime sleep, focusing on infants and young children. It argues that sleep environments cannot be understood as unitary constructs, but rather only by examining the characteristics of individuals who choose them and the society, community, and culture within which those individuals are embedded.

Keywords: sleep environment; industrialized nations; Developmental Systems Theory; nighttime sleep; daytime sleep

Chapter.  8326 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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