Behavior management of infant sleep disturbance

J Appl Behav Anal. Spring 1990;23(1):91-8. doi: 10.1901/jaba.1990.23-91.


Using a nonconcurrent multiple baseline design, we evaluated the effects of extinction and stimulus control on nighttime sleep disturbances exhibited by 7 infants. Results showed that frequency and duration of night wakings decreased for all subjects, with corresponding improvements reflected through changes in responses to the sleep behavior scale. Observed improvements maintained at 3 and 24 months posttreatment.

MeSH terms

  • Attention
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Extinction, Psychological
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Parents / education
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / therapy*
  • Wakefulness