Parenting and maternal reported child sleep problems in infancy predict school-age aggression and inattention

Cathi B. Propper, Kirsten McLaughlin, Jessica Goldblum, Marie Camerota, Noa Gueron-Sela, W. Roger Mills-Koonce, Nicholas J. Wagner

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Objective: To examine caregiving predictors of maternal reported sleep problems and child behavioral and cognitive outcomes in early childhood. Design: A prospective longitudinal study from 6 to 84 months of age. Setting: Lab visits, assessments, and questionnaires conducted with a community-based sample. Participants: One hundred sixty-four African American and White children, their mothers, and teachers. Measurement: Parenting behavior was measured during a free-play task at 6 months of age, maternal-report of child sleep problems was completed at 6 timepoints, and teacher report of child aggression and attention was collected in kindergarten and second grade. Results: Latent growth curve modeling revealed that maternal reported sleep problems decreased in children from 18 to 84 months and harsh-intrusive parenting at 6 months predicted sleep problems at 18 months. Maternal reported sleep problems at 18 months predicted aggressive behaviors in kindergarten and second grade. Conclusion: Parenting at 6 months of age exerts an influence on sleep quality at 18 months which is associated with aggressive behavior in early childhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-68
Number of pages7
JournalSleep Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Aggression
  • Attention
  • Early childhood
  • Infancy
  • Parenting
  • Sleep problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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