Journal Article

Agreement With Night-Waking Strategies Among Community Mothers of Preschool-Aged Children

J. Aimée Coulombe and Graham J. Reid

in Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Volume 37, issue 3, pages 319-328
Published in print April 2012 | ISSN: 0146-8693
Published online December 2011 | e-ISSN: 1465-735X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsr099
Agreement With Night-Waking Strategies Among Community Mothers of Preschool-Aged Children

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Objective To explore the night-waking schemas of mothers of preschool-aged children, using a new measure of agreement with night-waking strategies (Night-waking Vignettes Scale; NVS). Method A community sample of 203 mothers (M age = 32 years, SD = 5.1) of 2- to 5-year-olds (M age = 3.4 years, SD = 1.0) provided demographic information and completed the NVS and measures of night-waking and general parenting behavior. Results Few mothers endorsed strong agreement or disagreement with limit-setting, active comforting, or rewards; mothers generally disagreed with punishment. Significant associations between agreement with night-waking strategies, child sex, and maternal educational attainment were observed; only agreement with punishment was correlated with general parenting. Agreement with night-waking strategies differed across the night-waking behaviors depicted in the NVS vignettes. Agreement with limit-setting and agreement with active comforting were correlated with night-waking. Conclusions Mothers may be ambivalent about common night-waking strategies. Night-waking schemas appear to be complex.

Keywords: children; night awakenings; parenting; parental cognitions; sleep

Journal Article.  5756 words. 

Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ; Psychology

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