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Becca Cohoon

PSY 215
2nd bibliography

Mao, A MS, Burnham, M, PhD, Goodlin-Jones, B. PhD, Gaylor, E, PhD, Anders T, MD (Child

Psychiatry and Human Development Vol 35(2), 2004). A Comparison of the Sleep-Wake

Patterns of Cosleeping and Solitary-Sleeping Infants

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# of Participants: 18 infants

Age: infants (3-15mths.); median maternal age 29

Gender: male and female infants

Race: Caucasian, Hispanic and Multi race

SES: approx. 63% were upper-middle class

Main Conclusion

This was a study comparing the sleep-wake patterns of cosleeping infants to solitary sleeping

infants. The study found that while the cosleeping infants awaken more frequently than the

solitary sleeping infants, however the duration of the wake times were shorter.

The researchers did indicate that a longitudinal study would be necessary to tease apart reasons

why a family would choose cosleeping and the effect it would have on sleep patterns.


The results of this study is helpful for clinicians when advising parents about cosleeping habits

with their infants.

Becca Cohoon
PSY 215
2nd bibliography

Personally I think cosleeping is beneficial to both parents and infants. All of our children slept

with us more often than not from infancy through age 8. They eventually wean themselves away

when they are ready.