Child temperament, parenting discipline style, and daytime behavior in childhood sleep disorders

J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1997 Oct;18(5):314-21. doi: 10.1097/00004703-199710000-00005.


Fifty-two children without significant sleep disturbance seen at a primary care clinic for well-child care were compared on measures of temperament, parenting style, daytime behavior, and overall sleep disturbance to three diagnostic subgroups identified in a pediatric sleep clinic: children with obstructive sleep apnea (n = 33), parasomnias (night terrors, sleepwalking, etc.) (n = 16), and behavioral sleep disorders (limit-setting disorder, etc.) (n = 31). The mean age of the entire sample was 5.7 years. Temperamental emotionality in the behavioral sleep disorders group was associated with a higher level of sleep disturbance (p < .001); parenting laxness was associated with sleep disturbance in the general pediatric population (p < .01); and intense and negative temperament characteristics seemed to be associated with clinically significant behavioral sleep disturbances. Ineffective parenting styles and daytime disruptive behaviors were more likely to be associated with the milder sleep disturbances found in children in a primary care setting.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders / complications*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Child
  • Child Behavior*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parenting*
  • Permissiveness
  • Regression Analysis
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sleep Wake Disorders* / complications
  • Sleep Wake Disorders* / psychology
  • Temperament*