Toddlers' Sleep and Temperament: Reporting Bias or a Valid Link? a Research Note

Anat Scher, Rachel Epstein, Avi Sadeh, Emanuel Tirosh, Peretz Lavie

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Abstract Objective steep measures derived from a computerized movement detector attached (o the child's leg, were obtained for a group of 31 toddlers (mean age: 18.5 months). The monitored sleep parameters were compared with maternal assessment of the child's sleep and her perception of his temperament. The validity of maternal diaries as a measure of the child's sleep was not supported. Nevertheless, a link between both subjective and objective sleep measures with temperament dimensions was indicated. The modest association between sleep and temperament may suggest either a continuity between some aspects of day‐ and night‐time functioning or, alternatively, the influence of the child's Sleep behavior in shaping the mother's perceptions of her toddlers temperament.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1249-1254
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1992


  • Toddlers
  • maternal ratings
  • sleep
  • temperament
  • validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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