The Ecology of Economic Disadvantage and Children’s Sleep

Brian P.  Ackerman and and Eleanor D. Brown

in Sleep and Development

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395754
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894468 | DOI:
The Ecology of Economic Disadvantage and Children’s Sleep

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This chapter describes recent approaches to conceptualizing the ecology of disadvantage in relation to children's sleep. It treats sleep as an indicator and outcome of environmental adversity. It begins with a discussion of conceptual issues and stress models that frame interpretation of class and poverty effects. The next section briefly considers the strengths and weaknesses of low socioeconomic status (SES) as a representation of the ecology of disadvantage. The sections that follow discuss income poverty and representations of poverty-related stressors.

Keywords: children's sleep; stress model; class; poverty; socioeconomic status

Chapter.  9196 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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