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Sleep and DevelopmentFamilial and Socio-Cultural Considerations$
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Mona El-Sheikh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395754.001.0001

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Sleep in Children Links with Marital Conflict and Child Development

Sleep in Children Links with Marital Conflict and Child Development

(p.3) 1 Sleep in Children Links with Marital Conflict and Child Development
Sleep and Development

Mona El-Sheikh and Ryan

J. Kelly

Oxford University Press

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

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