Difficulties in regulation of sleep-wake cycles could be seen as a transient perturbation caused by a critical period in the developmental process. Anders, Goodlin-Jones, Sadeh (2000) proposed the term sleep-onset and night-waking protodyssomnias for children to emphasize a potential precursor of a later full-blown dyssomnia. Caregiver insensitivity to infant emotional needs, separation problems in both caregiver and infant, maternal depressive symptoms and/or anxiety may be risk factors underlying persistent parent-infant difficulties in resolving sleep problems. Results have shown empirical data in agreement to previous research (Morrell, Cortina-Borja, 2002); excessive parental ‘active physical comforting’ (e.g., cuddling in arms, settling on sofa with parent, co-sleeping in the parental bed) strategy use was related to infant sleeping problems. Furthermore, our results are in line with other studies (Seifer et al., 1996; Warren et al., 2006; Yamada, Dawson, 1997) enlightening developmental risk factors may result from co-occurent variables, including maternal depressive symptoms, dysfunctional patterns of interactions, and comorbidity between child sleeping disturbances and emotional-relational problems that may affect functioning and lead to present and subsequent adaptation difficulties. Suggested screening methodology gives empirical evidences for prevention programs planning and for parenthood supporting.

Early sleep problems: primary relationship patterns, child emotional-behavioral functioning and maternal psychological risk.

GUARINO, SIMONA;
2007

Abstract

Difficulties in regulation of sleep-wake cycles could be seen as a transient perturbation caused by a critical period in the developmental process. Anders, Goodlin-Jones, Sadeh (2000) proposed the term sleep-onset and night-waking protodyssomnias for children to emphasize a potential precursor of a later full-blown dyssomnia. Caregiver insensitivity to infant emotional needs, separation problems in both caregiver and infant, maternal depressive symptoms and/or anxiety may be risk factors underlying persistent parent-infant difficulties in resolving sleep problems. Results have shown empirical data in agreement to previous research (Morrell, Cortina-Borja, 2002); excessive parental ‘active physical comforting’ (e.g., cuddling in arms, settling on sofa with parent, co-sleeping in the parental bed) strategy use was related to infant sleeping problems. Furthermore, our results are in line with other studies (Seifer et al., 1996; Warren et al., 2006; Yamada, Dawson, 1997) enlightening developmental risk factors may result from co-occurent variables, including maternal depressive symptoms, dysfunctional patterns of interactions, and comorbidity between child sleeping disturbances and emotional-relational problems that may affect functioning and lead to present and subsequent adaptation difficulties. Suggested screening methodology gives empirical evidences for prevention programs planning and for parenthood supporting.
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