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Objective and subjective measures of sleep among preschoolers: Disentangling attachment security and dependency

dc.contributor.authorBélanger, Marie-Ève
dc.contributor.authorBernier, Annie
dc.contributor.authorSimard, Valérie
dc.contributor.authorBordeleau, Stéphanie
dc.contributor.authorCarrier, Julie
dc.titleObjective and subjective measures of sleep among preschoolers: Disentangling attachment security and dependency
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversité de Montréal. Faculté des arts et des sciences. Département de psychologiefr
UdeM.statutProfesseur(e) / Professorfr
dcterms.abstractMany scholars have proposed that parent-child attachment security should favor child sleep. Research has yet, however, to provide convincing support for this hypothesis. The current study used objective measures of sleep and attachment to assess the longitudinal links between mother-child attachment security and subsequent sleep, controlling for child dependency. Sixty-two middle-class families (30 girls) were met twice, when children were 15 months (Wave 1; W1) and 2 years of age (Wave 2; W2). At W1, mother-child attachment was assessed with the observer version of the Attachment Q-Sort. At W2, children wore an actigraph monitor for 72 hours. Results indicated that children more securely attached to their mothers subsequently slept more at night and had higher sleep efficiency, and these predictions were not confounded by child dependency. These findings suggest a unique role for secure attachment relationships in the development of young children’s sleep regulation, while addressing methodological issues that have long precluded consensus in this
dcterms.alternativeAttachment and sleep among toddlers: disentangling attachment security and
UdeM.VersionRioxxVersion acceptée / Accepted Manuscript
oaire.citationTitleMonographs of the society for research in child development

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