Reducing sleep disruptions in young children: evaluation of therapist-guided and written information approaches: a brief report

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1989 Nov;30(6):913-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1989.tb00293.x.


Regular night waking of young children is one of the most common problems encountered by parents. This study compared a standardized night waking programme that involved organized bedtime routines, procedures for settling the child and for the handling of crying, calling out and getting out of bed, with a group which received written information only and a waiting list control group. The children receiving the standard programme and those receiving written information only showed significant improvement over children in the waiting list group. This result supports the use of written parent instructions with or without therapist support.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Family Therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / psychology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / therapy*